There was a report in the Daily Mail a couple of days ago that Hull City manager Steve Bruce was not happy with Hatem Ben Arfa, after he dragged him off some 9 days ago in the game against Manchester United – because the Frenchman wasn’t working hard enough for the side.
Hatem Ben Arfa – not working hard enough
It turns out the report was not entirely accurate, and Steve Bruce came out over the weekend to say there are no problems between the two men:
“There’s no bust-up – of course he’s not happy about being taken off but he’s got to be treated like everyone else and win his spurs back by trying hard and getting back in the team.”
“He didn’t hurt enough at Old Trafford to be among the substitutes at Goodison Park or today. His attitude is OK and I haven’t got any problems with his personality, but he simply has to roll his sleeves up and work for the cause.”
“There is no disputing he has got ability but ability is not enough at this level, so he will be treated like everyone else. We will see what December and January brings, and I will sit down with him and see where we are.”
Those are wise words from Steve Bruce, and they should be heeded by the Frenchman – for his own good.
There are reports Ben Arfa’s loan spell is only through January, but it was reported last August of being a season long loan, so if it’s only until January maybe he could still be sent back to Newcastle next month?
Ben Arfa has also responded to the news about his failing relationship with Bruce on Instagram:
“I just wanted to clarify my situation.” “I have no problem with my coach (Bruce). This is someone that I love, that I respect and I admire!”
It’s important for Ben Arfa’s failing career that he does well this season, because he becomes a free agent in the summer when his contract runs out at Newcastle, and he will want to attract some top clubs.
But this sort of thing will not help him do that.
But the 27 year-old seems to be listening to Bruce, and he would do well to follow the experienced Geordie’s advice – Steve Bruce knows what he’s talking about.
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