News today in the Journal that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will not let any of Newcastle’s players who will leave this summer go cheaply, and that includes the mercurial Hatem Ben Arfa.
Well isn’t that a big shock.
Ben Arfa and Pardew – in happier times
Newcastle want top dollar for players they sell, and then we go after our targets with miserly and often insulting small bids – but that’s the way Mike Ashley is running the club, and it’s now getting Newcastle a bad name in the transfer market.
Over the last seven years Newcastle have already become a middle of the table side in England with no real ambition – except where our financial records are concerned – they are stellar at the moment, but the team on the field is very ordinary indeed.
And when Newcastle are short of skill and creativity in the side, how come we are selling our most skillful and creative player in Hatem Ben Arfa?
That’s because Alan Pardew is still the manager and he’s fallen out with the Frenchman – and that was one of the consequences of Mike Ashley keeping Alan Pardew on as manager – we will lose our most creative player, who is still a big favorite with the fans.
Managers are supposed to bring the best out of players and get on with them – not fall out with them and argue with them, so the club has to sell them.
And yes, we know Ben Arfa is not entirely innocent in this either, but if a new manger had come in at the end of the season, there was a chance he could bring the very best out of some of the players – like Ben Arfa – at Newcastle.
As well as Ben Arfa, we are unloading Sylvain Marveaux, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Jonas Gutierrez and Gabriel Obertan – at least– so we just hope Newcastle can replace those departing players this summer.
Ben Arfa was linked with a Qatar club recently, but his agent came out and said he was not going there – and the French winger would be a good buy at around £3M for a club with ambition in the Premier League – although he could also return to France.
Newcastle really need to get a move on and try to get some good players into St. James’ Park this summer, otherwise we will again be fighting against relegation for the second time in three seasons.
You either have results or the reasons (for no results) in life, and what we’ve had this summer are the reasons, with the last one coming from Pardew being that the World Cup is still going on at the moment.
And one last thing – when will somebody explain to Mike Ashley that a football club is a lot different to a bank, and finances are not the only thing that matters?