We put a report out before the game yesterday that Ben Arfa was supposed to be in France, training with a personal trainer and looking for a new club – according to the French Daily L’Equipe.
Ben Arfa – in action for Hull earlier in the season
The 27-year-old is on loan for the season at Hull City, in a deal that was made at the last minute on the closing day of the transfer window, and Hull had to get permission from the authorities to complete the deal after the window had officially closed.
At the time it looked like a bit of coup for Hull, and a number of Newcastle fans were angry at Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who had told Ben Arfa there was no future for him at Newcastle.
But it hasn’t turned out very well at Hull for Ben Arfa, who was replaced in the first half two weeks ago at Manchester United in the 3-0 defeat, and he hasn’t even made the squad for the last three games at Hull.
And it appears the Hull City manager doesn’t know if he is in France or not.
Steve Bruce had this to say after Hull’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge yesterday that has Hull in 2nd bottom place in the league table:
“To be honest, I don’t know if Hatem is in Paris.” “As for not playing again for Hull City, then at the moment he’s not in the squad and the transfer window opens in January.¨
“There are still conversations to be had with him, but at the moment he is not in the squad and he hasn’t earned the right to be in the squad at the moment. I don’t know if the report he is in France is true.”
It’s a real pity that Ben Arfa will not apply himself in training or in games, because there is simply no doubt he has massive talent and skills galore.
But that talent is going to waste, because the 27 year-old doesn’t seem to work hard enough in training or work hard enough during the games.
And Steve Bruce made it clear last week that pure skill is not enough in modern day football, and players have to be able to do things for the team – like tracking back and defending when required.
The situation of Ben Arfa now is not unlike what it was when he arrived at Newcastle in August of 2010, after falling out with then Marseilles manager Didier Deschamps, and the Frenchman arrived in Newcastle to try to force through a move to Tyneside.
He initially came to Newcastle on a one year loan deal, but then Alan Pardew made the move permanent the following January, when Ben Arfa was still recovering from a double fracture of his lower left leg he suffered at Manchester City in early October.
It’s likely that Newcastle will release him from his contract next month, and since it seems that Hull don’t want him, he may be with a new club before the end of January.
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