Hatem Ben Arfa delighted with first Toon goal
The day belonged to Hatem Ben Arfa at Goodison Park after a memorable strike we could well be talking about for years.
If there was one big fear going into the new season for Newcastle fans it was that the current side lacked the type of player who can turn a game on its head.
Well in the 23-year-old, they seem to have found one.
He may well have a reputation and baggage to go with it, but ever since he's unpacked his case in Newcastle, he's a player that seems focused and determined to do well for the black and whites.
I don't normally get any pleasure talking about Eric Cantona but if there are shades of a man who would be king at Old Trafford then I will quite happily clutch to them.
Cantona stuck two fingers up to French football when he arrived in England looking to rebuild his career.
It would appear Ben Arfa has done something similar.
Cantona was trouble at Leeds and he was trouble at Man U.
Ask any Leeds fan was he worth it, when they won the league?
Then ask any Man U fan was he worth the trouble at Old Trafford that once resulted in a nine month ban?
An emphatic yes on both counts me thinks.
You can house a trouble causer at a football club but it's about how you manage them.
That's the test for Chris Hughton and looking at Sir Alex Ferguson and Cantona, isn't a bad guide book.
After the game Ben Arfa swaggered through to the mixed zone without a care in the world.
The 23-year-old was "delighted" to net his first goal in front of the Toon Army and re-iterated his vows to repay the Geordie supporters.
As cool as you like he then queried how to get to the "autobus" and with that the master had left the arena.
What a day, what a goal, what a guy.
More please from HBA!