Alan Pardew has never managed to get the best out of Hatem Ben Arfa, even though the manager and the fans know that this player is simply blessed with sublime football skills, and he’s already scored maybe three of the best individual goals scored by a Newcastle player – ever.
Ben Arfa – will still leave some great memories for Geordie fans
Ben Arfa is not good at defending, which is what the manager demands of every player in the Newcastle side, and while the 26 year-old Frenchman has improved greatly in his work-rate over the last couple of seasons, he still doesn’t seem to be cutting it, in Alan Pardew’s eyes.
And with Yohan Cabaye leaving last month, it seemed that Ben Arfa could play that withdrawn striker role, the number 10 position for Newcastle, and it seemed like a great chance for the French International, who was desperate to come to Newcastle when he signed back in August of 2010 – initially on loan.
But Alan Pardew chewed out Ben Arfa in the dressing room last Wednesday night, for his lack of effort in the second half of the game against Tottenham, and with Newcastle again struggling, it’s always difficult to field a player like Ben Arfa – who is sublime but does lose possession quite a few times in any game.
So it looks with just one year left on his contract, Ben Arfa will be sold in the summer, and some top clubs will be in for him, because top teams can better accommodate a player with Ben Arfa’s class even if he is a little frail defensively – because he’a match winner – plain and simple.
Inter-Milan are said to be only too willing to take the lad in the summer – and it would appear he will be joining a club with Champions League football next season – so even though he hasn’t been an out-and-out success at Newcastle, he’s still likely to join a bigger club when he leaves the Magpies.
In the twelve games remaining this season, Newcastle fans should probably savor this player – he’s brilliant and sublime – but he will be sold in the summer, so that he doesn’t become a free agent a year come June, when Newcastle will get nothing for him.
Remember these days that football is all about money – especially at Newcastle – that’s sad but true.
Finally, Ben Arfa actually has a good record at Newcastle, and in 81 appearances he’s scored 14 goals – some of them just out of this world – and he also has 19 assists.
That’s not too bad at all.
What do you think?
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