The Mail is reporting that Hull manager Steve Bruce wants to terminate Hatem Ben Arfa’s season long loan spell at Hull City, but it’s very debatable whether Newcastle will want him back.
Ben Arfa – in action at Manchester United last Saturday
Ben Arfa was allowed to leave on loan the final day of the transfer window, but with youngsters like Sammy Ameobi, Rolando Aarons and Ayoze Perez coming through – and Remy Cabella now at the club, it’s fair to say the French International has not been missed this season.
Ben Arfa didn’t seem to turn up for the game at Manchester United last Saturday – and Hull’s Geordie manager is not happy with his attitude, and Bruce took him off in the first half after just 35 minutes.
And it seems at half time the two has some argument on the way to the dressing room, and Steve Bruce doesn’t stand any nonsense from any of his players.
As Alan Pardew found out last season – Ben Arfa is not particularly good for team spirit – and it seems that’s why the former Sunderland manager wants to get him out of Hull City – but as we said it’s not clear Alan Pardew wants him back.
Ben Arfa was not included in the 18 man squad for each of the last two games, and his contract at Newcastle runs out in June and he will not be retained.
Ben Arfa has a history of not getting along with his managers – and he fell out with then Marseilles manager Didier Deschamps back in 2010, and that saw him arrive on Tyneside in that summer.
And after he arrived he seemed to buckle down at Newcastle and do quite well, but earlier this year he got into a couple of arguments after defeats with the Newcastle manager in the dressing room.
Alan Pardew made it clear to the Frenchman that he has no future at Newcastle, and Hull offered him a good opportunity to show his value – since he becomes a free agent next summer.
But it seem he has not taken the opportunity, and if he does arrive back at Newcastle it’s almost certain he will not be part of the Newcastle first team squad.
The last thing we want to happen this season is for the fantastic team spirit and togetherness of the Newcastle squad to be disrupted in any way.
This kind of thing is not doing Ben Arfa’s career any good at all.
Hatem Ben Arfa played 86 times for Newcastle with 14 goals and 18 assists.
He has played 9 times for Hull City and the question now is – what happens to Hatem Ben Arfa?
If he does return from Hull then Newcastle could try to get him out on loan again in January, for his own good – so he can keep playing football and show what he can do.
One other possibility is that Newcastle could even do what they did with Joey Barton, and offer him up as a free agent (no transfer fee) in January – even though he still has six month of his contract to run.
What do you think?
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