Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is wary going into today's derby at Sunderland.

Pardew rates new Black Cats boss Gus Poyet.

"He's a good manager and I know he likes to play a passing game,'' he said.

But the Toon boss warned Poyet: "I like the feel of our team - it's got goals in it. If I was a centre-half, Hatem Ben Arfa would scare the life out of me. We looked at him in training in that central role and he scared the life out of our reserves.

"Now it's down to him to do it at Premier League level. Whether we use him in that role in this game is something I'll think about.''

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