Steven Taylor revealed today that Hatem Ben Arfa made an emotional and surprise return to the Newcastle club last weekend, and he thinks the Frenchman will become a massive player for Newcastle United.
Ben Arfa – a big miss this season for Newcastle
It seems that Ben Arfa was at the game against Bolton last Saturday afternoon, and went in to see the lads in the dressing room after the game, which of course ended ina 1-1 draw.
But that seemed to be a big boost for the Newcastle squad, as Steven Taylor said today:
“Hatem came in after the game to see the lads, and it’s great to have a new face there.”
“What a signing that is, and it will be good to see him back playing.”
“He’s going to be a massive player for this club.”
It seems that Hatem himself still has a target of playing in the home game against Wolves on Saturday, April 2nd, but it seems that manager Alan Pardew has tried to stop the Frenchman from returning too early.
Both Dan Gosling and Ben Arfa should take their times in returning – as there’ll be plenty of games for them to play next season at Newcastle, but of course we understand they are keen to get back on the playing filed.
Ben Arfa has appeared only 4 times for Newcastle with one fantastic goal against Everton away, before he broke his lower left leg in two places at Eastlands back on Sunday, October 3rd.
And Dan Gosling has appeared just once before having to have a second remedial operation on his knee, to remove some scar tissue that had built up, and hopefully that will do the trick for Dan.
They will be like two new players for Newcastle come next season, that’s for sure.