Ben Arfa To Get Another Chance At Newcastle

The majority of Newcastle’s senior players returned to pre-season training yesterday morning, and Hatem Ben Arfa was one of them, and there was news in the Northern Echo that manager Alan Pardew is willing to offer the Frenchman another chance at the club.

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Ben Arfa in action last season

We’re not exactly sure what happened with Ben Arfa last season, but after a bright start in the first few games, he disappeared and started only five PL games all season, and by the second half of April, he wasn’t even on the subs bench – although he was fully fit.

There were a couple of arguments in the Newcastle dressing room between the player and the manager during April and that didn’t help, and some senior players were also getting fed up at Ben Arfa’s unwillingness to track back for the team.

Newcastle could probably get around £5M for the winger this summer, since he only has one year left on his contract, and we still think that if a decent offer comes in for him he will be sold.

And while there have been no bids for the player, it’s still fairly early in the transfer window, and over seven weeks to go for a deal to happen.

And Ben Arfa may even want to remain at Newcastle this season and see out the last year of his contract, and become a free agent next summer, when a number of clubs would be interested in the player – especially if he plays well for Newcastle in the coming season.

Alan Pardew wants to wipe the slate clean, and will apparently tell Ben Arfa he is willing to forget what happened last season (that’s good), as long as Ben Arfa works hard  in games and follows the manager’s instructions – which wasn’t always true last season.

But we still would be surprised if Ben Arfa is with us come September.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Written while on vacation in England.

7 comments so far

  • mindshaft

    Jul 8, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Another player who will end up leaving for nowt – we are terrible at letting players run down contracts

  • firebug666

    Jul 8, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #2


    Especially players like Ben Arfa, who in reality should be getting a new contract, even if just to be sure we get a return when he leaves. Players like Ben Arfa should never leave the club for nowt.

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 8, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Paper talk from the daily fail

    Everton want BA on loan

    Please please please please no!

    I’d rather he retired lol

  • firebug666

    Jul 8, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #4


    Newcastle should pull out all the stops and try to re-sign Ba, we know what he can do for us, and we should be doing everything we can to get him back.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 8, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #5

    I’d hate to see him scoring wonder goals for Everton or Liverpool while we are left with some hard working strikers who track back but score no goals. Cisse used to be brilliant in Germany and when we got him until he started tracking back and chasing down full-backs.

  • Whumpie

    Jul 8, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Why the hell would a player sign a new contract with a club he doesn’t expect to stay at?? Is completely against his interest!
    Sometimes, believe it or not, it isn’t the club’s fault.

  • usmagpie

    Jul 8, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #7

    One year left in his contract and he does not like to track back to much, fine the kid has an eye for goal. Would it not be an option to try Ben as a striker? Wenger done it with Terry Henry due to the same fact, he would not run back when he was a winger. Try the lad up front for some of the pre seasons and you never know, if he turns out like Henry then that would be having the magic touch Pards. Disclaimer ” If you try this and its fails then I am not to blame, but if you try this and its magical and the kid scores tons then just mention your love for this site and the amazing ideas that come from it. One year left on his contract why not try it.


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