Hatem Ben Arfa is right to say that he needs to concentrate on is playing consistently well for Newcastle United, although on Saturday afternoon, what happened was what Alan Pardew has been warning about for a few weeks, and Ben Arfa had an off day.
Ben Arfa – a hint he could leave Newcastle?
Alan Pardew has been coaxing Ben Arfa to play well in every game, and to be more consistent, and that’s what Pardew told his team after the dreadful defensive display on Saturday, when we leaked three goals and were beaten 3-2 by newly promoted Hull City.
This is what Ben Arfa told the French TC channel Canal+ after the game:
“There were enquiries this summer, but what was important was to remain at Newcastle. ” “The club has confidence in me. I need to gain a lot of experience. Here, there is everything you need. Before thinking of anything bigger, I need to commit 100% here.”
So that’s a good statement from the 26 year-old Frenchman, but what does he mean by “before considering anything bigger”?
It seems to us Ben Arfa may see Newcastle as a stepping stone to a bigger club.
But to be fair to Hatem, until Newcastle get a big shot of ambition, we are likely to be a stepping stone to one of the top sides in England – the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea, Arsenal , Liverpool or Tottenham, or even one of the top French clubs like PSG or Monaco.
But if a club does come in for Ben Arfa, then Mike Ashley will put a huge fee on his head, which would make it unlikely he will leave Newcastle.
What we hope for is that Ben Arfa can be one of the players who can turn Newcastle into a great side again, but of course Mike Ashley will need to loosen up the purse strings a bit for that to become a reality.
What do you think?
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