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The Magpies striker insists that "the sky is the limit" for the talented and in-form Frenchman after injury curtailed the early part of his Premier League career

Newcastle forward Shola Ameobi has hailed the form of Hatem Ben Arfa, insisting that any club in the country would be proud to have him in their squad.

The 25-year-old has put in some scintillating displays of late, with his terrific individual goal against Bolton – his first at the Sports Direct Arena in the Premier League – underlining his undoubted talent.

Team-mate Ameobi has expressed his delight at playing alongside the France international, and believes that he could force his way into any of the country’s top sides.

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"Any team in the Premier League would love to see him do that for their team," the 30-year-old told BBC Newcastle.

"For somebody to be able to do that, to run past players as if they weren't there and finish like that, is a joy to behold.

"He's such a talent. It's such a nice thing to have in your arsenal.

"It's great for us because we see that every day, sometimes we will it out of him a little bit more but when he does stuff like that it's a piece of magic that nobody else on that pitch could do."

Ben Arfa struck a stunning goal on his Newcastle debut against Everton in 2010, but his first season in English football was curtailed after breaking his leg in a challenge with Manchester City’s Nigel de Jong just weeks later.

Despite the setback, the former Marseille man made the permanent switch to Tyneside over the summer and he has recently earned himself a regular starting spot in Alan Pardew’s side.

Ameobi opined the squad's togetherness has helped the Frenchman thrive.

"People forget that when you come from a different country, a different way of life, [the Premier League] is very difficult to adapt to and obviously the injuries that he had didn't help - that would put anyone back," the striker added.

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"We've got a great squad of players here who work for each other and who love each other.

"I think he's bought into that, he sees the togetherness that we have and the manager has done a great job to integrate him in everything that we do, not just on the pitch but away from the training ground too.

"I feel like he sees a home here now. We've got a great asset there and if we can utilise that the best we can then the sky is the limit for the kid."

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