Alan Pardew seems to have convinced himself this season, that Hatem Ben Arfa may need special handling if he is to be kept happy on Tyneside.
Ben Arfa – already matured on Tyneside
Ben Arfa is not in the first team at the moment, but he is still coming back from his nightmare double leg break he suffered at Manchester City just over a year ago.
But Gabriel Obertan, who has given some good interviews in the Sunday Sun today, thinks the French International is not only one of France’s most talented players, but he has also grown up a lot, while recovering from his double fracture of the left leg.
Ben Arfa has been trouble at his two previous clubs, Lyon and Marseilles, but that’s no reason to think he will be trouble on Tyneside.
Here is a top International who just wanted to come and play for a famous club – Newcastle United – and those are his words, not mine.
This is what Gabriel said today about the mercurial Frenchman:
“I have always known about Hatem as a footballer.” “I think everyone in France knows Hatem because he is one of the most talented French footballers.”
“We used to play against each other in France and we both went to Clairefontaine, the Academy, together too.” “I knew a lot about him – not the person, the player.”
“I knew of his quality and it has not surprised me to see what he can do.” “As a person I think he has grown up because of his injury.”
“When you have serious injuries like he has had, you think about football and life in general too,” “As a person he is cool with team-mates and the rest of the dressing room.”
“He is a cool guy, I’m happy that he is in my team when you see what he can do.”
It’s very true that when you have serious injuries or a serious illness, you tend to think more about life, and it makes you grow as a person, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised if that’s happened to Ben Arfa.
The 24 year-old would have had to go through many frustrations with his very serious injury, which could have ended his career, and from what we can tell, the youngster handled it all extremely well, and also kept up a positive attitude about things.
But we also don’t expect the French schemer to be trouble on Tyneside, because he’s now at a club who he wanted to play for, and he is already idolized by the Geordie fans, the best in the land.
What more could the 24 year old want?
And to think Newcastle are 4th in the league, and we haven’t even unleashed Ben Arfa on the opposition yet – that cannot be bad. 😀
Howay The Lads!!