Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrez and Sylvain Marveaux have no future at Newcastle, and that was evident at the end of last season, and it’s been obvious in the pre-season – just in case anybody – like even the players themselves – had any doubt.s about it.
Ben Arfa – in action against Everton last season
Thankfully Sylvain got hooked up with a loan move to Guingamp, so he’s set for next season, and will get first team games at the French club.
Jonas is still in Argentina and has a personal trainer and his representative is working hard to get him a move away from Newcastle, either on loan or permanently.
And then there is Hatem Ben Arfa, maybe Newcastle’s most gifted player, and he had an altercation or altercations with Pardew earlier this year, and the manager decided the Frenchman’s time was up at Newcastle.
There are 20 days left in the transfer window, and Newcastle will be hoping to see Gutierrez and Ben Arfa sold, or at least sent out on loan for the season to get their wages off the wage bill.
And there has been news over the weekend that Newcastle seem to be in the lead in the chase for Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, but it could be that Newcastle need to get both Ben Arfa and Gutierrez hooked up, before they bring in our 10th signing of the summer.
While Ben Arfa fell out with the manager, we’re not sure what happened with Jonas, but he seems to also have been ostracized by the club.
From the club’s point of view they want to move these two players out – and from the players’ viewpoint they will want to get hooked up so they ply their trade in the coming season, rather than train with the Reserves and youngsters at Newcastle.
So it’s not a good situation currently with Ben Arfa and Jonas – but Gabby Obertan has shown that if you stick in you can get a chance and Gabby has played some of his best football ever at Newcastle in pre-season – although Gabby may still go before the end of the transfer window.
From what we can tell Ben Arfa and Jonas just didn’t get that chance.
Both Jonas and Ben Arfa have one year left on their contracts, and a loan deal would probably be best for them, since they will become free agents next summer and could set up good deals for themselves.
Newcastle will want to sell both players this summer, so they get something for them – but at the very least the club will want to get their wages off the wage bill.
As September approaches, we should see more efforts by Newcastle and the players’ agents in trying to get them deals – and those deals could come late in August.
That seems to be the current situation, and it’s not good for the players and it’s not good for Newcastle.
We just hope it gets sorted out – one way or another.
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