Kieron Dyer played for Newcastle from the summer of 1999, when he was signed by Ruud Gullit from Ipswich Town for £6M, and he played until the summer of 2007, when he joined West Ham United, again for £6M, and Kieron played in a total of 250 games for the club and scored 36 goals.
Kieron Dyer – when he was at Newcastle
And Kieron has been interviewed in the Metro today and has talked about one of Newcastle’s best players, Hatem Ben Arfa, and he says there is a danger that Ben Arfa could leave Newcastle in January:
“If Hatem plays to his capabilities then there’s no better place to play football because the fans at Newcastle are amazing.” ‘But most players want to play Champions League football or European football – because that’s the highest level you can be at for your club.”
“If clubs come in that play in Europe then it’s going to be very hard for Newcastle to keep him.’ ‘He’s been unfortunate with injuries and I don’t think he’s got consistency yet,.” ”I think he’s been sensational so far this season and he’s a player who can change a game in an instant.”
“I was with Adel Taarabt for two years at QPR and Hatem is the same type of player. He’s just got to get the consistency and he’ll move up to the next level.’
We think Ben Arfa is a much better player than Taarabt, and the Frenchman is also a much more experienced player at the higher levels of football.
And notice there are a lot of ifs in what Kieron says, and we think Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will do exactly what he did with Yohan Cabaye in the summer, and stick a big fee - maybe as much as £25M – on the head of Newcastle’s mercurial winger, and it helps that Ben Arfa has said he wants to become a Newcastle legend.
Ben Arfa – going nowhere
Of course it’s always possible that a really big club like Manchester United may come along, but if they want to get Ben Arfa, they will need to cough up some really big money.
We don’t think Ben Arfa is going anywhere, and it could be he will be offered a new and improved long-term contract before the end of the year.
What do you think?
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