There is no doubt that Hatem Ben Arfa, Newcastle’s newest acquisition, is a real talent, and it must be said that if Newcastle are to continue their Premier League campaign as they have done so far this season, then signings of this nature should not become one offs.
The 23-year-old French midfielder made an immediate impact at St James’ Park after joining the Magpies on loan last summer. He scored the winner against Everton on his full debut and was in fine form before suffering a broken leg at Manchester City in October.
There is a certain quality that Ben Arfa brings to the team when he is playing, he is the type of player that can produce a bit of magic when all else seems to have failed. At the tender age of 23 the player has played for France 8 times and has proven at all levels of the game he has the potential to become one of the game’s greats.
At Newcastle United, Ben Arfa when fit will have the freedom to express himself on the pitch as he has that creative spark which can turn games in an instance. If Newcastle are serious about competing at the top end of the table, this is the exact type player that they will need fit and in form playing in their ranks.
If Ben Arfa can reach the potential he has already shown in his career he will quickly become a fan favourite at St James’ Park, not an easy feat may I add. Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager acknowledges that he’s delighted to secure Hatem as his first signing and once he’s back fit, he has no doubt he’ll confirm just what a superb player he is.
A coup like Hatem Ben Arfa certainly marks the intent of the club and the board, and for all those attached to the club signs like this coming out of the club must be a massive positive considering the negative remarks that surrounded the club when former manager Chris Hughton was dismissed from his job.
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