The French sports channel Infosport+ is reporting tha Hatem Ben Arfa’s representatives have initiated talks with Tottenham, with a summer move in mind, and we would think the story could have some credibility to it, simply because if we are relegated a number of our French players will want away.
Ben Arfa – could lead Newcastle this summer
And even if we don’t go down, the credibility of Newcastle as potentially a top club in England has been shattered by our league position and by our pathetic results and performances in the Premier League this season.
I hate to have to write it, but it’s unfortunately true and we seem to have been a one season wonder last season.
Tottenham will have to replace Gareth Bale in the summer, if he leaves the London club, which certainly seems plausible, and of course Ben Arfa can also be a match winner, although he’s played very infrequently for Newcastle this season.
That’s one of the problems this season – as well as having 14 Europa League games which affected out league performance on the following Sunday.
Newcastle have also been without some of our star players, and as another example Coloccini has been out the last twelve games with a back injury.
When he picked it up on February 24th, it seemed innocuous, but he will have been out nine weeks if he returns at West Ham on Saturday.
The story on Ben Arfa could be false, and these kinds of stories are – most of time – and only last week Ben Arfa said he wanted to stay at Newcastle:
“I want to stay at Newcastle, there are only journalists who say otherwise. My agent and I have not talked about it, I’m focused 100% on Newcastle and hope to stay here.”
Newcastle Managing Director Derek Llambias will at least have to do some initial planning soon, in the event that Newcastle are relegated, and there will be a list of players we will have to sell if relegation comes about, and two of them at the top of the list will be Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa.
Two of out best players – but that’s what would happen if we are relegated for a second time on four years, and that possibility seems to have become g stronger over the last two weeks ago – based purely on our pathetic results.
How did this happen? 🙁
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