There’s news today that Everton may want to follow up their interest in Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa, who seems to have no future at Newcastle, after the player fell out with manager Alan Pardew earlier this year.
Hatem Ben Arfa – loan move to Everton?
And as a clear signal that he is has no future at Newcastle, well as long as Alan Pardew is manager, he was stripped of the famous number 10 shirt yesterday, and it was handed to new Dutch International signing Siem de Jong, who is likely to play in the withdrawn striker role next season.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez is a very good man-manager and probably could handle Ben Arfa, and get the very best out of him at the Toffees.
And Everton could also afford Ben Arfa’s wages, and maybe a season long loan deal could be in the offing for the French International.
We don’t think Ben Arfa will want to sign permanently for another club this summer, unless he gets a really good offer, and will probably want to become a free agent next summer, when his contract runs out on Tyneside.
We’d prefer Ben Arfa move to a club in France so we don’t have to face him in the Premier League – because former Newcastle players have that knack of playing (very) well when they come up against Newcastle again – and Ben Arfa would be no exception.
Ben Arfa’s first club, Lyon, have also expressed an interest in taking him back to France for next season.
We’d still like to see Ben Arfa stay for the season at Newcastle, and be used in the first team squad, but we just cannot see that happening – with the poisoned situation that exists between player and manager.
What do you think?
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