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.
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?