Hatem Ben Arfa has gone from being Newcastle United’s star player to being on the scrap heap in just over 2 years, however is it time to bring the mercurial forward back to end Newcastle United’s goalscoring problem.
With United’s inability to score for themselves becoming a real worry for a lot of supporters Alan Pardew might just have to look into the possibility of giving Ben Arfa another chance at Newcastle. Everybody knows that the Frenchman is capable of some spectacular football and a team consisting of Hatem, Cabella and Siem De Jong could be one of the most exciting forward lines we’ve seen in a long time. So why hasnt it happened?
If Ben Arfa played at his highest level every time he played it is a certainty that he would be in the starting 11, but this simply didn’t happen. Last season he could only manage 3 goals and 3 assists in 27 games and was a huge disappointment. Due to a combination of this, a bad attitude and a huge drop in his fitness levels he was axed from the squad – to many fans annoyance.
To make matters worse Ben Arfa’s relationship with Alan Pardew is one of the worst that I’ve seen at the club, almost as bad as Gullit/Shearer and Dyer/Bowyer. Without sorting the relationship between the player and manager there is no way he will get back into the side no matter how good he is. If the fan favourite can get back on Alan Pardew’s good side, there is no doubt he will be back playing for Newcastle and hopefully scoring more brilliant goals like we all know he is capable of.
An inspiring display against Reading Reserves has shown that he may be able to get back into the first team squad as he picked up 2 assists and scored a great individual goal, reminiscent of the wingers previous goals for United. Newcastle’s shyness in front of goal so far this season, combined with their frustrating transfer policy of not buying a top goalscorer, could bring Ben Arfa back into the first team, or at least the bench.
One thing is for sure, if Alan Pardew and Ben Arfa can’t sort out their problems with each other it will just further anger the fans making St James’ Park a hostile place for the Newcastle boss.