If Newcastle fans thought that Alan Pardew didn’t give Hatem Ben Arfa enough chances at Newcastle earlier this year, and we were among them, then what has happened with the French International at Hull City is almost a vindication of the Newcastle manager.
Ben Arfa – playing his last game for Hull City earlier this month
Steve Bruce takes no nonsense from any player, and almost three weeks ago at Manchester United Steve hauled off Ben Arfa after just 35 minutes at Old Trafford, because he wasn’t putting in an acceptable performance for the team – those are Bruce’s words.
Since then the 27 year-old has not been back into the Hull match-day squad of 18, and there were reports last weekend that he was now in Paris, his home town, looking for another club.
This is what Steve Bruce has said today:
“I’ve said to Ben Arfa unfortunately I wasn’t going to accept a performance like I’ve seen from him when he played Manchester United.” “And it’s up to him to force his way back into the squad and that’s the way it is.
“If he decides to stay in France, then that’s up to him. There’s only 10 days or something until the window opens, but I think it’s fair to say he’s probably played his last game for Hull.
“Sometimes transfers don’t work, especially when it’s a loan deal” “Unfortunately it hasn’t worked out, so I wish him the best of luck and I hope he goes on to have the career that his talent deserves.”
That last line is important – “I hope he has the career his talent deserves.”
That’s because Ben Arfa is a wonderful player to watch when he’s in full flow, and he left some great memories for Newcastle fans in his time at Newcastle.
Ben Arfa scored two of the greatest individual goals ever seen at St. James Park, when in 2012 he scored against Blackburn and then later against Bolton.
But with any talent, you always have to have discipline and do the things necessary so that talent is used to its fullest extent.
It’s the latter bit that seems to be a difficulty for Hatem Ben Arfa – but we still wish him the very very best in his future career.
And time is not exactly on his side as he turns 28 in March, and he arrived at Newcastle when he was 23 in August of 2010.
We expect Newcastle to make him a free agent in January so he can sign on at another club.
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