Each match we ask fans to nominate which eleven players they would choose and the selections against Everton threw up some interesting pointers, especially with regard to Hatem Ben Arfa.
We ran out of time to get the results up ahead of last night’s match but below you will see what percentage of fans voted for each player.
interesting to see that despite being repeatedly ignored for some bizarre reason, even as a substitute in recent times, Massadio Haidara was seen by fans as a slightly better bet than Paul Dummett.
However, it is Hatem Ben Arfa that stands out a mile, with a massive 86% of supporters thinking he should have started against Everton, while only 33% thought playing effectively a fifth hard working midfielder in Luuk De Jong was the right way to go.
Several thousand vote and so it gives a decent cross-section snapshot of fans’ views on who they think should be in the team and certainly in the pub before the match, there was a massive consensus that Hatem should definitely play.
Against Palace there had been a shocking lack of creativity and only Ben Arfa’s late intervention cut them apart, while against Everton sadly we saw next to no threat until again Ben Arfa was introduced only in the second half, but this time the difference being that Newcastle were already two down and the game was gone.
86% Ben Arfa
33% De Jong
8% Steven Taylor
Should Ben Arfa have started against Everton – tell us what you think.