There’s a bit of a circus going on at Newcastle this season, in case you hadn’t noticed, and it’s because of the falling out of Ben Arfa and manager Alan Pardew.
Ben Arfa – integrate him back into first team squad
We suppose Alan Pardew has every right not to play Ben Arfa – who is the type of player we would be trying to sign now to bolster the team – a creative and skillful player who can create goals and score goals.
But Pardew has banished the Frenchman to the Reserves, even though we could use his skills in the first team.
And it looks like the 27 year-old is determined to stay at Newcastle over the last year of his contract.
A manager is measured by what he can get out of each player in his squad, and it seems Pardew has decided he will not get anything out of Ben Arfa this season, one of the most naturally gifted players in the squad.
That’s his right of course, but the manager is also totally responsible for the results on the field – and Pardew is still being judged this season – after two poor seasons which have simply not been good enough.
Ben Arfa’s representative, Jean-Jacques Bertrand has said this over the weekend over potential moves for his client:.
“For Birmingham, there is nothing,”“They are just noises.” “However, I received an Email from the club confirming that Newcastle had found an agreement with Besiktas for the transfer of the player.”
“I discussed the sporting advantages with his agent, Michel Ouazine, and Hatem, without talking about the figures. Finally, Hatem has decided not to go with this offer. He prefers to stay in England and play at Newcastle. Besiktas is therefore a no go.”
“It is absolutely abnormal that he is not treated in the same way, and with the same conditions, as his team-mates in the first team,” “If this continues after the transfer window, we will look to take action through the FA.”
“He must have the same working conditions as the others. We are not asking for him to start games or be subbed on, but he just deserves the chance to train with the others. This situation cannot go on forever.”
Bertrand is hinting there that he might bring in the FA to look at why Ben Arfa is not allowed to train with the rest of the first-team squad, after the transfer window has closed.
So it’s now very likely that Ben Arfa will still be with us tomorrow, and if that’s the case then surely he should be integrated back into the first team squad, if only for the sake of the club.
And Ben Arfa will need to ensure he trains hard, gets his head down and not upset team spirit among the lads, which is what he was accused of doing last season.
The goal this season is that Newcastle do (very) well in the league – and Ben Arfa can help us achieve that – as long as Alan Pardew and the Frenchman can bury the hatchet.
Their stand-off is not helping Newcastle United – that’s for sure.
What do you think?
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