Three Newcastle players who will benefit the most from Pardew leaving

Alan Pardew

We take a look at three Newcastle United players who could be boosted by the news that Alan Pardew will move to Crystal Palace.

With Alan Pardew on the verge of leaving Newcastle United, competition for places in the club's starting line-up is set to hot up. 

Pardew's impending departure to Crystal Palace looks a formality and Newcastle's players will now be hoping to impress their new manager, whoever that should be. 

Pardew's move gives a number of the Newcastle team a second chance to impress at the club and in this piece we take a look at three players who may be set to benefit from his departure. 

Hatem Ben Arfa 

The Newcastle winger's career at St. James' Park had appeared to be over, but there is a chance that Pardew leaving could hand him a lifeline. 

The Frenchman's loan at Hull City hasn't worked out to date, with Steve Bruce even hinting it could be cut short, and if it is he will have a chance to catch the eye again back on Tyneside.

Ben Arfa's ability has previously been seen in the North East, and he remains a fans' favourite, but his fallings out with Pardew meant that his days were numbered.

However, with the 53-year-old out of the way, things could look more positive for Ben Arfa and a return to the Newcastle first-team does not seem all that unlikely.

His talent could easily force him into the starting line-up, but it will be up him to show the application needed to impress the new boss. 

Siem de Jong

De Jong didn't feature too much under Pardew, but there must have been questions as to whether the experienced Englishman would have got the best out of the central midfielder.

The 25-year-old has missed much of the campaign so far with injury and was set to be a key player, even under Pardew's regime, but a new boss could benefit the Dutch international.

Pardew is generally more proven at utilising powerful midfielders, rather than technically adept ones, and de Jong's role as a deep-lying playmaker may be more suited to a manager who puts more stock in keeping possession.

Although Yohan Cabaye enjoyed great success at Newcastle, the club's style this season has been very much based around their energy on the counter and there have to be question marks over whether a player like de Jong would have slotted into that system too comfortably. 

Remy Cabella

The Frenchman was one of Newcastle's most exciting additions over the summer, but he has failed to live up to expectations at St. James' Park so far.

Evidently gifted in possession, Cabella's skill has not been matched by his end product and he has already slipped down the pecking order at Newcastle.

With a new manager, though, he could be given a more free role. Pardew demands that his players are very well structured and wants his wingers to be useful in a defensive scenario too.

So far, Cabella has not shown that he has been able to perform this function to great effect, but with less responsibility he could thrive.

The Frenchman has excelled purely as a creator before and with a fresh approach he could be set to benefit hugely. 

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