The news yesterday was that Liverpool could be interested in taking Newcastle winger Ben Arfa this summer, and if the news is true, maybe Newcastle should think about why a top club like Liverpool would want a player like Ben Arfa.
Hatem Ben Arfa – Liverpool interested?
The bottom line is that if Ben Arfa does leave Newcastle in the summer, it will have been a failure all around.
A failure by Alan Pardew and Newcastle to get the best out of the player, and a failure of the player himself to earn a starting place at the club.
And the big losers will be the Newcastle fans.
Apparently Liverpool are looking for midfield reinforcements this summer, and since the 27 year-old winger has only one year left on his contract at Newcastle, he would not be too expensive – not for the class player he is.
Liverpool have previously been keen on Ben Arfa, and the fee being mentioned is £6M, but that seems high, and we’d be surprised if Newcastle can get that for him – but there again the high fee should be telling Newcastle something.
It would be a very good move if Ben Arfa does move to Liverpool, and after the breakdown of communications between the Newcastle manager Pardew and the player himself, it seems that’s the only outcome – that he will be leaving Newcastle.
So Newcastle will lose a potential match-winner this summer, and we’re almost certain that a Champions League team will pick him up.
We’d love for Ben Arfa to stay on Tyneside, but unfortunately it’s just not going to happen – given the current environment that exists.