Investing in other quality players will not only help to retain players like Ben Arfa, it will also mean he might have less than three or four players on him at all times if the opposition had one or two other players to worry about.
Players like Ben Arfa are head and shoulders above some of their teammates and one devastating run saw him drive at the heart of the Swansea defence, before releasing Shola inside the box for a simple cut back that would surely bring an equaliser…instead Shola scuffed his low cross and it was easily cleared.
A second home defeat in a row, against teams that we were no doubt expecting to finish above…Which player emerged with the most credit despite the defeat? Please give us your votes on who is your man of the match today, the player who can hold their head highest despite another defeat at St.James’ Park.
In another defensive press conference that mirrors his set up on the pitch, Alan Pardew has warned us not to expect Champagne football this afternoon against those giants of the Premiership…Swansea! Champagne and Caviar football???? Not sure where the manager drinks nowadays but all I’ve been served up this season is flat cockney beer and jellied eels!