Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrez, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan are four players who in the past have played well for Newcastle, yet after last season’s antics, all four look like they could be shipped out of the club this summer, after all four were hardly used at all in the first team last season.
Jonas Gutierrez – what did he do wrong last season?
We’re not sure what Jonas did wrong to be completely neglected last season by manager Alan Pardew – and neither is he – and the Argentine ended up the season on loan at Norwich City.
Ben Arfa is for sale this summer, but the type of player Newcastle want to bring in this summer – a creative player with vision – is exactly what Ben Arfa is.
Sylvain Marveaux has never really been given an extended run in the first team, and he’s always looked like a very skillful player when he’s been given the chance by the manager.
And Gabby Obertan – maybe the most likely to leave this summer of the four – has some great skills but is just not consistent enough to play at the top level, and could move back to France this summer.
Those four players are all wingers and surely at least two of them are good enough to remain at Newcastle for the coming season, especially since we seem to be having trouble attracting players to the club this summer.
But after a disastrous second half of the season, it seems that Newcastle have decided – out with the old and in with the new – but if all four leave – there is some very decent talent Newcastle will have lost.
Jonas adds significant experience to the side, and he can also play well in multiple positions, and we’ve said often that Alan Pardew should be able to get more out of Ben Arfa than he has done over the last almost four years.
Yes we know – it’s also Ben Arfa’s responsibility to use the very significant talents he has been blessed with.
So rather than let all four of these players leave this summer, surely there is a place for say Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Jonas in the first team squad for next season?
What do you think?
Written while on vacation in England.