Fans Would Be Furious If This Player Is Sold This Summer

With a number of players coming to the end of their contracts on Tyneside, and others having just one year left to run on their contracts come June, Alan Pardew has said it was always going to be a big summer transfer window, especially since in the last two transfer windows we have signed no players permanently.

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Ben Arfa – could leave this summer

This is what Alan Pardew has said today to Sky Sports:

“I thought this summer would be a summer of that because the age of our players, the quality we have got, you were guessing that one or two might go.”

“And with the players that we have with a year left on their existing contracts and those who are up, it was always a big job this summer.”

“Most summers are transitional at Newcastle, but this one is perhaps more important than most.” “But we have got a transfer kitty that should work for us, if we get the right players.”

Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi and young Conor Newton have contracts that run out at the end of June, and they will all become free agents, and will not be retained by the club.

And Gabby Obertan has no future at Newcastle, and he has made only five appearances this season, and he doesn’t even make the bench these days – so he will go, and he needs to leave Newcastle for his own good.

And that’s also true of Steven Taylor, who is now 4th choice at center-back on Tyneside, and probably needs to leave to reignite his career elsewhere, and Jonas Gutierrez has one year left on his contract and will be available for £3M this summer.

And those with one year left on their contracts in June also include Hatem Ben Arfa, and we suppose it depends on how the Frenchman plays in the last six games of the season – if he gets a chance – as to what will happen this summer.

But the way he was hauled off at half time last Saturday at St. Mary’s does not auger well for his chances of getting a new deal at Newcastle. 🙁

But something that would upset a lot of Newcastle fans would be if Hatem Ben Arfa is sold this summer, and while he may not work hard enough on the pitch, he’s still a great player with amazing skills – and the type of player that Newcastle fans just love to see playing for the Magpies.

We’re not good enough at the moment to have a player like Ben Arfa playing for us, because every player needs to work hard for the side, but if we can get better players in this summer, we are still hoping Ben Arfa will stay on Tyneside.

Newcastle could do that even without offering him a new deal – but money runs the club – and we could probably get 5M for him this summer, and then nothing next summer if he runs down his contract on Tyneside.

That’s what’s so worrying at the moment – that Newcastle will sell him and if that happens we’d wager a bet he would join a Champions League club.

Ben Arfa is still a match-winner and big clubs know that.

If he’s sold this summer Newcastle fans would be furious – but what’s new from the situation right now?

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 4, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Ian toon

    Did you write that yourself! Sorry but by not disclosing the fact that it’s from an actual article from newsnow newcastle you seem to be trying to pass it off as your own! Although you might not of been, just my opinion of course

    Can’t kid a kidder mate 😉

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 4, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh and what was the song about not selling Cabaye ed? Something about a riot? As if anything would be done if benny were to be sold! Just zombies at the match now because we’ve become so disheartened and brow beaten by fatty’s dictatorship we are no longer allowed an opinion or voice! Oppression at its most basic of forms!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 4, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Bold claim!
    Got a link ? 😉

  • geordie157

    Apr 4, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #4

    if Carrick was available I’d like to think we’d be in for him, despite his age he’d be a calming influence in the middle of pitch. Him or Barry would be decent, wages would likely be the issue. Without being too sentimental, would be good to see Carrick in the black n white.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 4, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Not all fans, the lad is 27, should be in his peak and he simply warms the bench

    Like Taylor we’ve always hear “if he reaches his potential” well at his age he should of reached it and starter to tweak his game even more!
    He’s not the future of the club, he’s got a year on his contract would rather sell him whilst we can get a fee then keep everything crossed it’s actually reinvested

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 4, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Agree, if Carrick is available id rip Moyes arm off if he offered him

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Let me find it tads

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #8

    In my minds eye, Michael Carrick looks splendid in the black and white kit. He might want to come home to round out a fine career, give back a little, help out, you never know, it does happen. Lovely player.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Well I think that the story of HBA at the Toon virtually pinpoints the inadequacies of our managerial and training setup. By now he should be part of a solid midfield, the attacking conduit for a strike pair, with good cover behind him. But our team has no system at all, so unless he pulls off sensational winning goals or assists, he is the go-to scapegoat for our form, rather than identifying his former suffering because of the slipshod setup around him. Selling him would be like selling the engine out of your car because your brakes are seized. A good manager and a well-assembled side could have meant a whole different player in Hatem. Everybody hates the term ‘Pardewed’ but in cases of talented players, that is what happens in favour of the workhorse clogger that Alan prefers to bulk his sides with.

  • geordie157

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #10

    With the amount of players likely to leave, I don’t think we can afford to lose Ben Arfa

    Gosling, Shola, De Jong and Remy will be gone
    The likes of Jonas, Marveaux, Saylor, Colo and Obertan are looking likely too.

    That’s 9 first team players plus Cabaye. And we already have a squad that’s 2 or 3 players short.

    Ashley to sign 12 players this summer then….hhhhmmmm

  • Tsunki

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s on the cards that the club is going to make a complete knacker of this summer’s transfer dealings. If you thought it has been shoddy so far, just wait for the worst one yet. The squad is so disparate it’s hard to see how it can be fixed in one season.

  • cyprus

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Well said

  • cyprus

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #13


  • guvnor

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Its probably because benny is a has been who can’t do it in the premier league anymore. He should follow old Colocini Williamson saylor shola and the manager out of the club.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Cyprus – its the painful truth from a long time Pardew supporter. I’ve had it with him now, he’s had years to formulate something tangible but the only consistent thing is the excuse list.

  • the_besty_show

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #16

    would they? he’s gash

  • Tsunki

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Great the manure troll with the same IP address as ‘mag’ is on. What an old joke.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Afternoon all,

    Ed…Some fans would be disappointed if Benny left, not so sure furious is the right word anymore.

    Average…I saw something along those lines in a metro article I believe.

    Ian…Nice sentiment, one I’d love to be able to go along with, but as Tuff pointed out, many are in a “I’ll believe it when I see it” state.

    As for this summer…ermmm…well…we’ll see. I can remember one window under Ashley where they seemed to have done their homework and were prepared. It can be done I suppose, but recent history indicates they will fail spectacularly. Sorry, by fail I mean they will judge that we have adequate cover for whatever the target will be next season. I guess to consolidate ourselves as a top 10 team…not bad for a team that was only recently promoted aye?

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Can’t find the fcuker now 🙁

  • Tsunki

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Guvnor at least I suppose Pardew is a better human than that old wino SAF Though, eh? Don’t you think manure fans are as awful as that red nosed ragbag as well? Horrible ground, horrible people at last being shown up as arrogant has-beens who are nowhere near the class of Man Citeh don’t you agree?

  • mag

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Get along skink!

  • NOVA2967

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #22

    jenkinson caulker lascelles
    delph hughes

  • Online Guy

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #23

    Away from Football for a tad here’s the latest on the Strawberry place Sale

    There is no latest ! up to date no one has bought the land lease.

    Newcastle United Holdings still have the title .

    Reg as TY344775…Official.

    There has been no application to this date today to transfer…. Friday.
    There is no search pending as yet.

    Newcastle United holding’s have the head lease and could well be selling the under lease ,thus retaining the rights of time and length of any under lease..That’s from the Durham Land Registry, today, but could be an outright sale .

    The proper title of the freehold owners is ,
    Tyne and Wear passenger transport executive

    The sale could have actually been made, but as normal practice, there is usually a lag with solicitors, and Legal team informing Durham land Registry if a sale had been achieved within last few days ..Doubtful though..

    I’m speaking to Mick Ashley’s right hand man on Monday.. so will report back on this, and any other issues I might raise with him.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #24

    If Gosling doesn’t chop someone in half or score an og this weekend he’ll probably be like a new signing.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Guvnor took your time changing to the mag account? You are so dense to think nobody spots you as a troll. You have the same IP man!

  • mag

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #26

    You seem to spend a lot of time worrying about my IP address skink.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Not worried mag, how about the manure question then?

  • mag

    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #28

    What about Manchester United?

  • guvnor

    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #29

    What time is it?

  • lesh

    Apr 4, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Online Guy…. An impressive summary of the Strawberry Place situation.

    And,you’re speaking to Ashley’s no. 2 on Monday?

    We need Ciaran to comment as he appears to be privy to a lot of info.

    But we couldn’t expect him to comment as he and his NUST colleagues’ll be finalising plans for their grand procession through the streets of Newcastle.

    Many won’t be able to be there by there’s no need to worry, the highlights’ll be shown on TV.

  • Sav

    Apr 5, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #31

    I love to watch HBA. But in all honesty, if we were any good, he wouldn’t get a sniff. You can’t have one ‘flair player’ to sdd flair. Its not like adding a pinch of salt. We have always tended, as a club, to rely heavily on the one flawed genius who might upset the big boys. After years of it, believe me, its a ‘Losers’ Charter’. Like a bad boxer, hoping for a chance to land his one KO punch as he soaks up punishment. Top teams play percentages. If Mourinho doesn’t think he cuts it, even Juan Mata is sold. It is ruthless but its what winners do.
    The flawed genius allows the club to field far too many below average players alongside him and the fans still have a faint hope of that big KO. I’ve soaked up plenty punishment over the years like countless other Newcastle fans. This isn’t the worst side and certainly not the worst position to be in. But somehow our mid-table capitulation shows up the club in a way even an adrenaline-fuelled race for survival does not.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Ben Arfa gets sold and I will never forgive Pardew for not utilising him properly. For Pardew to haul him off at halftime was extremely harsh on the lad and surely has made himself wonder what he has to do to please Pardew. Against the Saints it was no fault of his that he could not create much as all our other players did not bother playing. He can’t be doing it all on his own. How on earth was he supposed to create something if we never got out of or own half!

    It sickens me the awful treatment Pardew gives to our most gifted player. He’s an amazing talent and against Southampton was our only attacking outlet as he was the only threat we had. Gouffran was exhausted from the first minute and should have been replaced instead of Ben Afra. But typical Pardew the brainless buffoon subbed the wrong player and went for the lump it long and hope the ‘big lads’ De Jong and Cisse (or his favourite Strolla!) make something happen, again.

    He is clueless and always does the same boring tactics week in week out and without success. More evidence of this is in EVERY set-piece we take we just aim it at the tall lad Williamson to make something- who has yet to score a single goal for the club!! Every single time and again without success.

    It pains me to see us playing such boring and predictable football every game.

    Many times in the past I thought Pardew was doing the right thing in replacing a player that was under performing with someone else, to give the others a chance and to see if they take advantage of the situation. But then I would always realize that the real reason for the change was because the player out of form was not playing because he was injured! And NOT because Pardew realized that it was the right thing to do. As soon as that said player was free to play again he would slot back into the team regardless of the stand in player’s impressive performances.

    That was another clear example to me that Pardew is completely out of his depth.

    What we play is anti-football it’s that bad that we make teams like Stoke etc. look like world class in comparison.

    Depressing is a word that sums up Pardew’s tactics and our club right now.

    God help us if we sell our only true flair player in Ben Arfa, the only one that makes fans stand to attention, the one who Pardew is adamant in converting into a defensive midfielder ffs!!


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