QPR manager Harry Redknapp has launched what appears to be an all-out broadside against Hatem Ben Arfa, and it looks to us that Redknapp thinks Ben Arfa is the epitome of the modern footballer – they get paid huge wages – but they don’t train hard enough and don’t play hard enough in games.
Ben Arfa – in action for Newcastle
Ben Arfa was allowed to join Hull City a week ago on loan for the rest of the season, so next summer he will become a free agent.
Writing in his column in the Sun today, this is what the QPR manager said:
“If I was a Magpies supporter I think I’d like to write back to him and ask why he didn’t try harder more often when he played for my team.¨
“How many games did he play, 50-60? He’s not exactly Alan Shearer, Kevin Keegan or Jackie Milburn is he? Yet there now seems to be a growing trend among modern footballers to open their hearts and pour out sugar-sweet nothings to the supporters they leave behind.”
“You suspect it’s a cunning ploy to ensure they don’t get a barrel of abuse when they turn up in their team’s new colours as Ben Arfa will with new club Hull later this season.”
Ben Arfa played 86 games for Newcastle with 14 goals and 18 assists over four seasons.
We’re not sure why exactly Harry chose the topic of Ben Arfa for his column today, but we have to think he’s friends with Alan Pardew and is taking the side of the Newcastle manager, in what has been a stand-off between Ben Arfa and his manager since earlier this year.
Newcastle fans were furious last Monday night, after we had expected (or hoped for) a striker and center-back to come through the door, which is what we badly needed, but instead we allowed one of our four experienced center-backs to go out on loan to Roma, and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa may have also played his game for Newcastle.
And then the thing that really tipped the balance was the news that Alan Pardew had basically told Ben Arfa in lte afternoon last Monday that he had to leave Newcastle, and if didn’t he would never play for the side again this season – well as long as Alan was still the manager.
The fans took the players side, and there have been demands that Alan Pardew be replaced as manager.
We’re still a bit mystified why Harry has issued this broadside – what has it got to do with him or QPR?
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