We think Ben Arfa got almost what he wanted, when he rather dramatically got a one year loan deal to Hull City late on Monday night, and when that loan spell ends he will become a free agent – so there’s no way he will ever return to Newcastle.
Alan Pardew – could be under pressure to finish top eight
We think his first choice was to stay on Tyneside for the last year of his contract, but a loan move to a club with a good man manager in Steve Bruce means he will get playing time in the PL, which he wouldn’t have enjoyed under Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
Even if Newcastle have a new manager by next summer, it’s hard to think the powers that be at the club would bring Ben Arfa back to Newcastle, after all that happened this year.
As soon as we saw last night that it was a one year loan deal, we knew he was gone, and he will want to play well this season to set up a move next summer to a top club since no transfer fee will be involved, and that’s not Newcastle – not these days..
It’s a pity he’s gone because a lot of us still wanted the mercurial one at Newcastle, and we’ll never forgot those goals he scored for the club – most players just couldn’t score the magnificent goals he scored against Blackburn and Bolton – that’s when Pardew was still playing him in the first team.
This is what an emotional Ben Arfa has said on the Hull City web-site, with their fans still going wild that they have a player of Ben Arfa’s skills and creativity at the club:
“The manager wants me here, and that is very important,” “The welcome was amazing. I was almost crying.”
“I was shocked to see so many people there at midnight waiting for me. It was great and I thank them.”
“When I woke up on Monday morning, there was nothing on the cards.” “Then, in the afternoon the call came and everything happened very quickly after that. At 1am, everything was complete, and I was very happy.”
“I’m very much looking forward to the start of a new challenge.” “I’m looking forward to being back on the pitch after two months of only training.”
“The manager has made a lot of very good signings. There were many good players already here and then more have arrived this week.”
It’s interesting that Ben Arfa may have difficulty with his managers, but the fans just love the guy, and he’s the type of player who has fans – at both home and away grounds – paying money to see him play.
Hull manager Steve Bruce couldn’t quite believe his luck on Monday night, and that’s not surprising:
“I didn’t think it would be possible to do a loan deal, but the later it got the more beneficial it became,” “With a bit of patience and luck, we’ve managed to pull in a really good player.”
“We all know he is a wonderful talent, and although it has gone a little bit sideways for him at Newcastle in the last couple of months, he’ll bring that little bit of flair and creativity that every team needs.”
Newcastle need that flair and creativity right now in our team – come to think of it.
So the days of Newcastle having fantastic players seem to have gone, unless they are also willing to work and track back and do work both on attack and in defense.
Well, to be a bit more accurate, that’s going to be true as long as Alan Pardew is manager at Newcastle, and the way he forced Ben Arfa out of the club on Monday has turned some fans even more against him, than they already were.
Alan Pardew must have seen the outcry against him from our fans after Ben Arfa moved to Hull – let’s say he’s not the most popular guy on Tyneside, but he wasn’t before Ben Arfa moved either.
It’s always sad when a popular and creative player has to leave the club because the manager has fallen out with him – although to be fair both men were at fault for the ludicrous stand-off – like two school kids fighting in the playground – it was not professional.
In order to keep his job at Newcastle, Alan Pardew will have to keep Newcastle at least in the top ten this season – and the target is rumored to be higher than that – a top eight finish.
Finishing in the top eight this season is by no means a certainty with the squad we have at the moment, with other teams having improved their squads markedly over last season, including on Monday.
Hull are one of those clubs.
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