We’ve seen an article or two telling everybody what a terrible problem young Ben Arfa had been at his previous clubs, Lyon and Marseilles.
Ben Arfa – if there’s trouble with the boy – he’s out
And one of the articles is forecasting the 23 year-old will become a problem before Christmas comes along.
Ben Arfa has a lot riding on how well behaved he is at the Newcastle club, and we think the lad will be OK, especially when we have Chris Hughton running the club.
It’s hard to not like the rather quiet and withdrawn Newcastle manager, who is as straight as an arrow, and it appears that Ben Arfa already admires Chris a lot, form what he has said.
But if Ben Arfa starts his antics at Newcastle, it’s easy to predict what will happen – Newcastle will not take up their option on him to buy for a low £5.5M.
Now while that will be a huge disappointment to Newcastle supporters, it’s also clear that the two coaches at Newcastle, Chris and Colin, put the Newcastle side first before any one player, however good he is.
And don’t get us wrong, we are the lad’s biggest fans, and certainly the interviews he has given so far have come across very good, and he’s always talking about the team. We’ll not even mention he’s looked fantastic on the pitch.
So our advice to Ben Arfa is to get things in order, and commit right now to becoming a great professional on Tyneside.
And if he does that everybody wins – the club wins, the fans win – but nobody wins bigger than Ben Arfa himself.