Ben Arfa’s injury has brought into a question a number of questions at Newcastle.
Ben Arfa – should be as good as ever when he recovers
Will the player ever be as good as he was, and where does his long term injury leave his possible permanent transfer to Newcastle?
Apparently the option to buy the French International permanently for £5M can be initiated by Newcastle at any time, and from what Chris has said in the past, Ben Arfa has already shown Hughton at Newcastle, that he is indeed a cracking little player.
Ben Arfa was determined to join Newcastle over a number of other clubs who could have offered him European Champions League football, but Newcastle seemingly was always his first choice.
And the fans have already taken to the Frenchman big time, and the news that he was difficult to handle might be true, but Chris and the lads have made Ben Arfa feel very welcome on Tyneside, and he seems to love things at Newcastle.
We heard from both Chris and captain Kevin Nolan that Ben Arfa very quickly became part of the tremendous team spirit that is so high on Tyneside under Chris Hughton.
Newcastle manager Hughton is already fully aware of the player’s seemingly burning desire to play for the famous Newcastle United club but it is too early to doi anything on the permanent transfer.
Chris is very pragmatic as we all have found out, and he rightly says today that the first thing is to get the youngster fully fit and playing football again.
This is what Chris said today:
“We hope he makes a full recovery which we expect and the possibility of coming back is an exciting prospect and if he does, it means we will have seen what we like.”
“It is very difficult to answer the question whether he will be here.” “What I do know is what we’ve seen from here, a young player of real talent with Marseilles.”
“He’s brought a different type of play to the team.” “He was desperate to come here in the first place.” “He’s had a major disappointment and most importantly now he’s just trying to get back and fit.” “He’s been very committed here in his time here.” “The best thing would be he has a chance to come back here next season, that would mean he’d done well.”
“The news from the surgeon is very good – we’re hopeful he’ll make a 100 per cent recovery and that recovery starts now,”
So there you go, you cannot tell much from what Chris says there, and he seems as cagey as ever.
But given the lad seemed to settle in so quickly at Newcastle, and played well in his first couple of games, we have to believe the powers-that-be at Newcastle are only waiting for the lad to get fit and play again, before making the move permanent.
And only £5M for Ben Arfa – what a bargain!