The French coach Laurent Blanc has sent out a very positive message to Hatem Ben Arfa when speaking to French TV’s ‘Telefoot’.

Blanc has described Ben Arfa as ‘callable’ and no he hasn’t just found Hatem’s phone number!

Laurent Blanc:

“I haven’t just waited for the last few performances to follow Hatem.

We know he is a very talented boy. He has become callable again.

His coach (Alan Pardew) is very nice saying Laurent Blanc should call him for the Euros, but he hasn’t always played him since the start of the season. He waited a long time to play him again”.

We’ll overlook the lack of gratitude Blanc is failing to show for the job Alan Pardew has done on his mercurial but tricky to get right French genius.

I can only think that as well as deserving a place in France’s squad for this summer’s tournament, it can only be a massive boost for both the player and everybody else associated with Newcastle United if he does make it to the Ukraine/Poland.

It will undoubtedly help continue Ben Arfa’s upward trajectory as well as sending out the message to other potential Newcastle targets, signing for our club can help them fulfil both club and international ambitions.

Fingers crossed we’ll have Hatem Ben Arfa to help light up our summer.

Plus of course Blanc’s comments could juts make that extra minute difference next Sunday, a wonder strike/performance to put Ben Arfa and Newcastle United into the Champions League as well the player into the Euros.

GToon 5pts

The worrying thing about all of this is how we are everybody's dream team. We help Everton who can't win at home to their best performance. We reinvigorate Rooney and make their team look great. We then make Chelsea look that good that I honestly can't think how many players they could have gone down to before we stood a chance. Now let's get a few things straight.

Maclaren needs the sack. No discussion, no arguments. Sack him or get relegated.

Arrons is not a left back. He isn't even that good.

Sissoko has given up and needs to be dropped.

Coloccini needs to be dropped. He is that slow it's almost embarrassing.

Taylor is two stone overweight.

And as for that clown Tiote. In most of the games I have seen him play he is the oppositions best player.

Brendan Rodgers, Buck Rodgers, who cares. Any of them could do a better job. Even I could. At least we all have eighteen days off before the misery continues. Let's just hope Ashley realizes now is the time to do the right thing. Surely he understands that there is something lacking in the tactics when teams who are struggling against other opposition have a field day against us. It's happening time and time again. Time for change.

Sickandtiredstill 5pts

Seriously lads, just how bad does this need to be before everyone accepts the facts? Schteeve is a complete duck egg. Once again he set up to try and not lose rather than trying to win or at least force a draw. 

Never mind Aarons - the experienced 'pro's' were again shocking. Sissoko and Gini should be sent to the U21's and not allowed to return until they learn some passion, desire and commitment. Tiote again showed just how bad he actually is 99% of the time.

Schteeve confirmed just how bad he is 100% of the time. 

SimonM68 5pts

Tripe. Worst goal difference of anyone around us and 45 mins left.  At least would like to see Doumbia get some game time into his legs as he may be crucial in the games to come. Can't see any other possible benefit from the next 45 mins. Then again, I did walk out at 0-4 Arsenal lol. 

Alsteads 5pts

Let's just go down. Some more of this next season? No thanks. Surely FCB has got to pull the trigger. He is on par with JT FFS

Big Al 1967
Big Al 1967 5pts

17 minutes in and three down FFS. Yet again a gutless performance away from home with our supposed leader on the pitch Captain Colo backing off every time Chelsea attack. No doubt McClaren will want a 'reaction' yet again from these useless clowns next time