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Ben Arfa – Most Skilful NUFC Player In Last Ten Years?

10 years ago

HBA  – A ‘Web Dream’

Just what have Newcastle United got on their hands with Hatem Ben Arfa?
Watching him run from box to box leaving the opposition floundering in his wake was an absolute joy to behold. Without doubt he has to be the most skilful player to wear the shirt in a decade – if not longer.
I can remember standing at the Victoria Ground nearly twenty years ago watching another Frenchman, David Ginola, beat Stoke City by himself, who by the end of the game had even given up trying to kick him off the park because they couldn’t get near him.
That wasn’t the case with their fans with us outside after the game but that’s another story. Alongside Ginola in that team was a certain Mr.Beardsley, whose skills were quite simply sublime.
That though is the conundrum. Which will HBA turn out to be?  A Ginola, who went from a world beater to a ‘world beater when I can be bothered’ in little more than a year, or will he be a Beardsley whose high level of performances and goals was maintained over hundreds of games?
One thing I think I can confidently predict is that he will get more column inches on this website than any other player. He is that kind of talent.
Only time will tell whether this lad will become a legend or another forgotten Frenchman but having seen the standard of goals he has already produced for us, let’s pray it’s the former not the latter.
Ben Arfa has all the attributes to be a player still talked about in 20 years time.



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