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Six French Players Could Leave Newcastle This Summer

8:22 am, Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

The Mirror is reporting that Hatem Ben Arfa will be one of the players who will leave Newcastle in the summer, and certainly it could be all change for Newcastle in the summer, as players leave and others are brought in.

Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa takes on Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie at St James' Park.

Ben Arfa – in action against Crystal Palace

It seems the French International has fell out of favor at Newcastle with manager Alan Pardew, and is no longer a starter,  and of course Newcastle need to decide whether to give him a new contract in the summer or sell him, since he will have only one year left on his contract and will become a free agent next summer.

And there will be other French players who will accompany him out of the door at Newcastle, and they include 25 year-old Gabby Obertan, who has appeared only 5 times for Newcastle this season, and doesn’t make the bench these days.

24 year-old Romain Amalfitano, the younger brother of Morgan, the Marseilles play-maker who is on loan at West Brom, has never made it at Newcastle and will also return to France.

27 year-old Sylvain Marveaux is on the fringes of the side, and could also leave in the summer, and there have been rumors that utility defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa could also be on his way.

Mapou has put in too many performances this season when he simply hasn’t turned up for Newcastle, and played very poorly and has twice been dragged off at half time.

One Frenchman Newcastle don’t want to lose is French International Mathieu Debuchy, but it could be that he is transferred to a bigger club, like PSG, if they come in for him with a big money offer.

And he would almost certainly jump at the chance to join his best friend Yohan Cabaye in Paris and play in the Champions League every season.

And certainly the appointment of Lee Charnley yesterday as the new Managing Director was proof the way Newcastle are run will not change, and the club will continue to sell players, if they get what they consider to be very good offers for them.

Loic Remy of course is another one who will leave this summer when his loan spell ends, although Newcastle would love to sign him on a permanent deal, but Newcastle are not a big enough club, and he will likely join a club playing in the Champions League.

So there could be as many as many as six French players leave the club this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Hatem Ben Arfa · Loic Remy · Mathieu Debuchy · Romain Amalfitano · Sylvain Marveaux


24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 kkma // Apr 8, 2014 at 8:26 AM


  • 2 kkma // Apr 8, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    We should not sell Ben as he can still have influence !

  • 3 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 8, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Markaccus, (repost)
    I think we need a coach, rather than a manager. If they can coach young players to play a style and a system then we could be okay, but they need to ignore the buying and selling aspect and maximise the players they have. The players we have aren’t bad, just badly used, although we are light on numbers. With a proper team of coaches in we might see more progress from the younger lot as well.

    It will not be champagne, probably not even sparkling, but we might at least see some decent football being played and manage a goal at the leases end before 2014 is out!

  • 4 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    RUNAWAY777 // Apr 7, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    jazzyp if you want to fill Ashley pockets be our guess, just leave the ones alone who have seen the light,and stopped giving there hard earned cash,some of us can only take so much and now is the time to stay away
    What the F@ck are you on about sunshine.If you had bothered to read through my posts over the course of the night……… would have simply seen that for me and my family it is a day out that we can all enjoy together.If other fellow posters choose to stay away from Sjp then that I totally understand.
    I look further to our debate when your back on today.Where mine is just an opinion and not forced upon others,I think you will find yours come across differently

  • 5 Markaccus // Apr 8, 2014 at 8:34 AM


    Agree a coach or two might improve the current stock, but we are still always two or three injuries from crisis. If, lets say 4 players leave in summer. How can 1 or 2 possibly improve us? We already need 3 good players as it is imo.

  • 6 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    This is why this blog is suffering as good posters are driven away by morons and bullies who just because they have different views get frowned upon.
    Yes we all agree Ashley aint the best owner out there and Pardew at any other club would have been sacked by now.But to start turning on each other just for having a different mindset ffs !!No wonder we are a laughing stock of the prem

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 8, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    I agree, under the current regime it will be tough to compete at any level, but it could at least be better to watch while not being competitive.

    I’d get rid of Pards and bring in a few who are natural coaches, with one head coach who is in charge of team selection. People like Clement, Sampson, White who have dedicated their careers to coaching have all worked with youth academies and had relative success and can bring on players. Just coach, let Charnley and Carr deal with transfers and get the maximum from what they have, it is the only way I can see us keeping our heads above water under the current regime.

  • 8 Markaccus // Apr 8, 2014 at 8:39 AM


    i am just back from a months blog break because of those exact reasons. My son has a season ticket (his first) and i was unhappy at the tag that ST holders were getting. I would not tollerate someone talking about my son like that in the street, so i was not going to on here. Trouble is, people who say these things on here are safe behind a screen.

  • 9 Markaccus // Apr 8, 2014 at 8:43 AM


    Yep, i totally agree with that too. The only down side is that, for that to happen, we are still relying on Ashley to make a correct decision somwhere along the line :D

  • 10 70TWO // Apr 8, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Lee Charnley wall painter made good, or credible Chief Executive?

    Another underwhelming decision from Ashley that was probably the cheapest option.

  • 11 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    I understand mate the frustration that fans have within the current regime, The manger, the ethics that we currently stand for. But if someone wants to go to the matches……..then let em, Whats the big deal !!
    The problem is that half of these posters have probably never even been to a match………And before anyone out there starts im not not saying your less of a fan then fans that do frequent Sjp. But when its been a ritual for 20+year oyu cant just stop it like that just because were going through a hard time.
    When we were relegated and had a squad that didn’t give a toss about the black and white shirt did that mean we should all abandon ship-Answer no

  • 12 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 8, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Yeah, fair point. Thing is it would also be the best option financially for him, as he would be able to get more back from potential player sales. Win for him and a minor improvement for the fans.

  • 13 Go toon gooooo // Apr 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Pardew Alan out.All players will stay and deserve their place in the future including Gabriel Obertan.

  • 14 70TWO // Apr 8, 2014 at 8:53 AM


    Completely respect your entitlement to a family day out but could you tell me, would you consider not entering the stadium until kick off?

  • 15 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    By all means yes I would mate.We were stood outside what I still like to call “shearers bar” when the protest took place a while back. And if im honest pal nobody took much attention to the actions of at the time a minority.
    This step though mate I feel would have little affect on Ashley’s propaganda, Look at the England matches where all the suited and booted sit………they fill the seat as we kick off and are gone before full time.A one match total boycott to show solidarity amongst fans would in my opinion be a starting point.Getting it to happen is another !!

  • 16 martoon // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Markaccus & jazzyp – I hardly come on her for the same reasons – I’m also a ST holder and object to being called stupid & moronic for wanting to support my team by some people who have never set foot in SJP in their lives.
    Yes I woud prefer a new owner and manager but as I pay about £58 a month for my ST I’m not going to stop going and p*ss that money away just because the blog bullies think I should.

  • 17 Mister Tuff // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Wanted to vote no on the Charnley poll -some time ago but the poll was closed -must be the shortest voting time ever??

  • 18 BandB // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    When Ashley acquires a company like Donnay, he is acquiring whatever juice is left in the brand name.
    The company itself goes through salvage and is then scrapped. It ceases to exist.
    In time the Donnay brand name will run out of juice. People no longer associate it with the wonders of Bjorn Borg, but see it simply as another cheaply-made Sports Direct brand.
    Newer assets are being bought up all the time, with more juice in the brand name. Like Firetrap.
    I wonder how long it will be before the Donnay name also vanishes.

    If you don’t see a football club as different. If you don’t see it as a heritage thing. If you are utterly unsentimental. Why would you treat it any differently?
    Anglo-American-style capitalism is defined by this process. Is is lucrative and commonplace. It has just never been applied to a football club before.
    If Ashley COULD get more for NUFC as scrap than as a going concern, what is there to stop him. And who thinks he wouldn’t?
    As his fans will all tell you, Ashley is an innovator.
    The situation approaching this summer appears to make no sense. It makes sense to someone.

    I am not saying this is what is happening. But it is food for thought for those who say, “the club will be here long after Ashley is gone. We should sit it out.”
    To them I would say, “who says it will?”

  • 19 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    I had this from Jimiley and Turkish yesterday as well.If they have a different stance on Nufc that’s fine,deal with it in your own way. But because you choose to go to St james park you get slagged off-Are an idiot,A moron and a on celled jellyfish is well laughable mate to be honest.
    Where would Nufc be without the fans, We will be here liong after Ashley has gone and his henchmen

  • 20 lesh // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Mister Tuff…. The poll’s still there to vote on.

    This is ‘moxy in action, we’re not in the Ukraine!

  • 21 70TWO // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:14 AM


    The chances of seeing a completely empty stadium are very remote as, as you have identified the majority of fans have little regard for the idea of protest. My idea to form a picket line until the beginning of a match would equally show the power of the combined fan base. But for what effect? The majority opinion I would assume is that football is a game, win or loose the club is in the Premier League and continues to generate an emotional response/attachment.

  • 22 jazzyp // Apr 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Something to pull at the heartstring of all Nufc fans to get them to unite if only for one game is a starting point. What that might be is debatable mate !!

  • 23 Sav // Apr 8, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    I hear Marveau, Obertan and Ben Arfa are available in a ‘Buy 2 Get One Free’ deal.

  • 24 toonluvva // Apr 8, 2014 at 2:29 PM


    I respect the decision of any NUFC supporter as to whether the wish to buy season tickets or not. It is their hard earned cash, and they are free to spend it as and when they see fit. My own standpoint being as a season ticket holder (on the 10 year deal) is that I am going to give them 1 last chance to prove to me that sufficient investment will be made to improve the squad to move the club forward. If not then reluctantly NUFC and I will part ways until (if) we can get an owner who is prepared to move us forward.

    I hear all of the anti/pro Pardew lobby and understand that they only want what is best for our club. I just wish some posters would show a little maturity and respect opposing views.

    It seems obvious to everyone, but perhaps not to Ashley, that following the sale of Cabaye our season has effectively come to a premature end.
    Players will be eyeing up who (if anyone) will be drafted in during the next 2 windows. If we have a fallow time in the summer and next January, you can say goodbye to a lot of the players around whom a decent side could be built.

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