Hatem Ben Arfa has left Newcastle United and joined Hull City on a season-long loan. The Frenchman turned down numerous offers from foreign clubs in the final few days of the transfer window but accepted Hull’s approach with just hours to go until the window slammed shut. The move hasn’t gone down well with the majority of Newcastle fans, who wanted the Frenchman to be given another chance to showcase his array of talents in the Toon first team. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew looks to have won the battle though and he can now focus on building a team without the distractions of the former Marseille winger. The deal is ridiculous in more than one way. Ben Arfa has one year remaining on his contract at Newcastle, so letting him join Hull on a one year loan is senseless as the club will lose him for nothing when his contract expires in the summer of 2015. Hardly the best way to offload a player who still carries a decent price tag, even if he is coming towards the end of his current contract. Secondly, letting Ben Arfa join a Premier League rival is potentially disastrous. People might laugh when they read that Hull are being referred to as a rival of Newcastle’s but come the end of the season, there will not be more than three or four places separating the teams. Ben Arfa has the talent (and now the motivation) to inspire Hull to a top-half finish, potentially costing Mike Ashley and the club millions of pounds in league standing prize money. When you take into consideration that United are owned by one of the savviest businessmen in the country, the whole deal becomes ever more laughable. Now, Pardew must pray that he can get his new-look side firing quickly. The attacking players signed this summer have so far not done the business and the Newcastle boss has not won any more fans by selling one of the most individually talented players to have ever pulled on the black and white shirt. By the time Newcastle travel to Southampton (another club who done some good deadline day business) after the international break, there will, as usual, be a typically vocal travelling Toon Army who at some point will chant Hatem Ben Arfa’s name around St. Mary’s. Ben Arfa may well be listening and wishing his former manager showed similar emotions.