If This Player Is Not On Plane To New Zealand – He’s Gone

With the arrival of Remy Cabella at Newcastle, the club will now probably make an effort to unload Hatem Ben Arfa, after he had a couple of altercations with manager Alan Pardew in the dressing rooms last season – and he seems to have got his bad boy image back again.

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

Ben Arfa in Newcastle colors

We’d really like him to stay for the last year of his contract and fix things up with the manger, but we should get a clue about Newcastle’s intentions when the squad to travel to New Zealand is announced.

And if Ben Arfa is not on the flight – that will say he’s essentially not going to be part of the squad for next season –  and he will be sold.

It’s  a little disturbing that he is training with the U21 side rather than the first team at the moment – so that in itself is not good for those who would like to see Ben Arfa stay at Newcastle next season.

But it’s probably time for both Newcastle and the player to move on – and while he played very well a number of times for us, and scored several sensational goals at St. James’ Park his tenure at the club was not successful.

The summer transfer window is a water-shed event this year for Newcastle and we should have some idea when September comes – just how strong a side we will have for the coming season.

Call us eternal optimists – but we are (still) hoping we can be a top six side come next May – and with Siem de Jong and Remy Cabella already signed that may be a decent possibility – with or without Ben Arfa.

We just hope Newcastle can get a side together that is worthy of representing the (great) Newcastle United Football club and the Geordie fans – who are simply the best in the business.

That’s not too much to ask – is it?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Note: Sean Borland has a student season ticket and since he will be away in Calgary studying for a while he wants to sell his season ticket for the first half of the season. The price is £140 – which is what he paid for it – you can contact Sean at s.borland@ncl.ac.uk

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Written while on vacation in Newcastle, England.