News today that Hatem Ben Arfa was at the game against Manchester City yesterday at St. James’ Park.
Ben Arfa – he was at the game yesterday – in town to sign new deal?
We certainly hope so!!
Ben Arfa would have been amazed as any Newcastle fan, with the way the lads went behind 2-0 so early in the game, but then he would have been delighted with they way Newcastle fought back – in yet another never-say-die performance.
But ultimately Newcastle got absolutely nothing out of the game.
Ben Arfa is due back in training in about five weeks, and from what we can tell the double break has healed very well, and the French International is well on his way back, getting the very best of treatment in the South of France.
But we wonder, with Steven Taylor’s contract being tied up today, whether Ben Arfa will be in Newcastle to potentially OK a permanent deal, that would bring him to Tyneside for the next five years.
If Mike Ashley wants to get into the Newcastle fans good books, and we have no idea if that’s any priority for the Londoner, he could tie up the 23 year-old on a long term deal, and that would delight the Newcastle United fans.
In fact we know very very little about Mike Ashley, because he never ever says anything.
We have to think that new manager Alan Pardew has made it a priority to sign top players Steven Taylor, Ben Arfa, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique on long term deals at the club.
He’s got one in the bank in Steven Taylor, and the next signing could be the Frenchman, followed by new contracts for Joey and Jose, say within the next couple of months.
If Alan can do that, then he’s made a good start to keep the top players on Tyneside.