Is There Still Hope For This Frenchman At Newcastle?

After Ben Arfa’s agent Michel Ouazine had criticized Alan Pardew on Thursday for having his client train with the Reserve team, and for fining the French winger for coming back to pre-season overweight, which Ouazine said was unfair and humiliating, Alan Pardew has hit back with a couple of interesting sentences on the BBC yesterday.

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Ben Arfa and Alan Pardew in happier times

This is what Alan Pardew said yesterday on BBC Radio Newcastle:

“It’s a simple situation,” “We have a professionalism and a level of commitment to our work that he needs to fall into.”

“And until he falls into that he won’t be part of the first team.”  “He isn’t at the moment, and he’s injured ironically, but he’s still part of the club.”

Ever since Alan Pardew arrived at Newcastle he has called out players who do not train well,  and who are late to training,  and the first one he did that with was young Nile Ranger, who didn’t last too long under Pardew before he was shipped out.

We don’t think Ben Arfa is late to training, but perhaps he doesn’t train with the necessary urgency and commitment that the Newcastle manager requires, although Ouazine would dispute that.

But maybe those last few words from Pardew that the player is still at the club, is a little hint that perhaps it’s not all over with Ben Arfa at Newcastle?

But the situation between the two men is not good, and we think that if some good club comes in for Ben Arfa before September, he will move – but only on loan,  so he can then become a free agent next summer.

It’s simply a waste of talent that between Alan Pardew and Hatem they cannot get this thing sorted out, so that Ben Arfa can at least be available to Newcastle this season.

But it would appear that both men would have to give with their position a bit,  for that to be possible.

Comments welcome.

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