Crystal Palace are starting to kick on, but one key part of their turn in form isn't yet getting the recognition he deserves.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but we're not sure Newcastle fans would agree!
A round-up of news and views relating to Newcastle United ahead of their Europa League clash with Benfica tonight.
Last week's draw at home to Metalist saw Alan Pardew pick his best players for the first time in the Europa League this season, but Newcastle United are expected to revert to a weakened side this week, which would be a mistake.
The winger has watched a radical transformation occur at Newcastle United during his spell on the side-lines, and the changes made in recent weeks should keep Ben Arfa at the club for a few seasons to come.
Newcastle followed up their win at Aston Villa with an excellent home victory over Chelsea at the weekend, and their smart work in January should set them up for a rapid rise up the table in the next few months.
The great North-East rivals are both in a horrible run of form, despite boasting excellent players and experienced managers in their ranks. Are both of them set for a fight for Premier League survival?