Now that the excitement of signing Ben Arfa at Newcastle for next season will die down at least a little this weekend, Chris Hughton and some of the senior players at the club need to turn to other things.
Ben Arfa – mentor needed at Newcastle?
We have to turn to Ben Arfa’s character and behavior, which has hardly been great so far in his career. The facts are that he is a difficult lad to deal with, and has argued with both his team-mates and his manager during his career.
So we have to hope that once he arrives, our senior experienced players such as Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith and Steve Harper amongst others, take him out and ensure he knows what the rules are at Newcastle.
Maybe even appointing somebody informally to keep a look-out for the lad – a mentor if you like – may be healthy because the very last thing we want to see is the team spirit and camaraderie at the club being upset by one player – however good he may be.
Hopefully those things are now in the past at the new Newcastle United.
With the common sense shown by manager Chris Hughton and his assistant Colin Calderwood over the last 13 months or so, we have every confidence that Ben Arfa can settle down on Tyneside and contribute to the team.
And if he can do that next season, and we expect he can and will, then Newcastle can sign him for a reported £5M – and that would be a very good deal for the Tyneside club, to say the least.
What do you think about this?