Newcastle United’s Velcro Man
Against Stoke recently, Hatem Ben Arfa trapped a long crossfield ball so neatly it nestled under his foot, his left one, naturally.
Comparisons with these giants of the past are valid and, in some respects, Ben Arfa is better. He is physically stronger, especially running with the ball, and shoots more powerfully than any of them.
With all one footed players, defenders know which way you are going.
Gutierrez’s crossing with his left foot is erratic, he would be much more productive if the connection between his brain and his weaker foot was stronger. So I suggest Ben Arfa’s potency would increase.
I have a vision of him getting to the bye-line and cutting the ball back for Ba and Cisse to get tap-ins, or crossing the ball onto their heads.
A few extra goals could make all in the dirrerence in a season.
Having two soft feet is not a soft idea.
If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]