There had been some discussion when Siem de Jong joined us from Ajax earlier this summer, about whether the Dutch International would get the number 10 shirt worn by Ben Arfa, and that it could be a dicey situation which could further upset the French International winger.
Ben Arfa – to think he was once flying at Newcastle
But there are reports in France that in fact Ben Arfa will not be given any squad number, and with Ben Arfa being left behind and not on the trip to New Zealand, and having to train with the Reserves because he reported back to training overweight – it looks like Ben Arfa’s time at the club is over.
Hatem Ben Arfa was fined round £1.6M for reporting back to pre-season training 3 lbs over his specified return weight, and we cannot help but think it is a complete waste of Ben Arfa’s talent.
And with what’s happened in pre-season the player himself has to accept responsibility for the plight he finds himself in – although it was probably already decided in the summer that he would not be on the plane to New Zealand.
We still think that Ben Arfa will try to run out the one year left on his contract at Newcastle.
And he probably will either want to go out on loan for the season somewhere – or else stay at Newcastle – where presumably he will continue to train with Reserves side – which is the worst case scenario for both parties.
The Ben Arfa situation right now is not a good one for either the player himself or the club.
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