ALAN Pardew will keep faith with Hatem Ben Arfa as he looks to reinvigorate Newcastle United’s faltering season.
Ben Arfa was an anonymous figure in the club’s defeats to Everton and Hull City.
The 26-year-old’s performances in those two games was in marked contrast to that at Villa Park last month.
He put in a match-winning performance against Aston Villa that afternoon, scoring one goal and creating what turned out to be United’s winning goal, scored by Yoan Gouffran.
Ben Arfa also scored a late winner against Fulham at St James’s Park.
“The only point I would make is that he can reach great heights,” Pardew told SportMail.
“That’s what we need from him on a consistent basis. That’s something we’re going to have to work towards to get out of him.
“I have to show faith in him, and I also have to make sure he does what’s right for the team. That’s all I want to say.”
Pardew felt he had Ben Arfa in a “good place” after the convincing 2-1 win over Aston Villa last month.
And the forward talked about adding a consistency to his game after the fixture.
“We’ve got him in a good place,” said Pardew at the time. “He’s not easy to manage.
“His focus is sometimes not always there as it should be.”
l DAN Gosling had to leave Newcastle United on loan for the sake of his career, according to his agent.
The midfielder yesterday joined Championship club Blackpool until January.
Gosling – who has made just two Capital One Cup appearances for Newcastle this season – has been on the fringes for much of his three-year career at United.
And David Hodgson, his representative, says Gosling is “delighted” with the move.
“Dan has to play football. He has to play on a Saturday afternoon. He’s well paid, but he’s not a lad that wants to sit back and take his wages.”
– MILES STARFORTH