Alan Pardew ostracized Ben Arfa at Newcastle, and it’s hard to argue with that, although we don’t think that Ben Arfa was beyond blame either in their stand-off this year.
Ben Arfa – could make debut tonight for Hull
But to let the situation turn out to be as bad as it did with Newcastle losing their most creative player at the end of the transfer window, simply because the manager basically didn’t like him, was certainly not good for Newcastle, and it’s just one reason Newcastle fans are (very) angry with Alan Pardew at the moment.
We know that Steve Bruce is a good man manager, although as far as his management is concerned he has never managed a top club in his career – well – apart from Sunderland.
I put that in just in case some Black Cats fans are reading this. 😀
Ben Arfa will probably get an outing tonight for Hull City in the second half at home to West Ham, and when he comes onto the field, watch the Hull fans give him a tremendous welcome – which can only help the Frenchman’s confidence, which was probably shattered at Newcastle.
This is what Hull City manager Steve Bruce has said about Ben Arfa today:
“I don’t think he’s fit enough to go straight in at the start because he hasn’t played 90 minutes for I don’t know how long.” “But that’s what you get when you’ve been ostracised, having to work with the Under 21s.¨
“He’s going to have a big part to play here because he gives us the flexibility to play whatever formation we like. All I want him to do is go out there and enjoy playing again, feel wanted, be part of the club and be appreciated.”
Think what Ben Arfa will feel like when he reads that quote from his new manager.
Again we don’t say that Ben Arfa wasn’t part of the problem with the stand-off between the Frenchman and the Newcastle manager, but it’s really like shooting yourself in the foot to let him leave, and a manager is only as good as what he can get out of the players under him.
And if it comes to simply not playing a gifted player because you basically are in a standoff with him – that cannot be good for the club – and it also shows no leadership from Alan Pardew – other than he wants to be right about the situation.
It will only take Ben Arfa to show off some of his mercurial skills in a Hull City shirt over the next few weeks, for the Newcastle fans to be even more annoyed and frustrated with Alan Pardew.
What’s the chances of Ben Arfa coming back to sign again for Newcastle next summer, if Steve Bruce is the Magpies manager by then?
It’s an interesting thought.
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