It seems that quite a few players could leave Newcastle in the summer, and one of those – as we pointed our earlier today – could even be Hatem Ben Arfa.
Ben Arfa – we need to see more of this from the mercurial one
Newcastle have a decision to make on the French International, because in June of next year he will become a free agent, and if Newcastle don’t want to lose him for nothing next year they could try to cash in on the 26 year-old in the summer, or sign him up on a new contract.
Ben Arfa doesn’t seem to have a role in the Newcastle side under Alan Pardew, and he has a tendency to dribble the ball out of defense, as he continually did in the first half at Chelsea, and got caught in possession and put Newcastle in danger.
And the Daily Star today is reporting that Ben Arfa could be sold in the summer, and it’s been revealed after the game on Wednesday night against Tottenham, the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew ripped into the 26 year-old in the dressing room for his abysmal work rate, after he came on as a sub in that disastrous defeat.
And Sylvain Marveaux, another Frenchman, received the same treatment from the furious Newcastle manager and will almost definitely be sold this summer.
Ben Arfa cost around £5M from Marseilles, and Newcastle could easily get their money back on the player and more, since some top clubs would be interested in taking the mercurial one, and for all his faults in his own half of the field, this lad has been blessed with terrific skills and he is a match winner.
He is also one of the most popular players at the club, and he is simply adored by a large portion of Newcastle fans, and to be fair to Hatem, he has matured as a person on Tyneside.
And there is news in France today that he could even join his home town club, and his former team-mate Yohan Cabaye at PSG.
Ben Arfa’s record is a good one on Tyneside, and in 81 appearances he has hit 14 goals, some of them the best ever seen by a Newcastle player, and he also has 19 assists.
There’s still time for Ben Arfa to turn things around at Newcastle with 12 games to go, and we really hope he stays on Tyneside, but he has to earn a new contract by helping Newcastle out of the mess we are in at the moment.
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