Hatem Ben Arfa

A fan favourite, the majority of the Toon Army will be disappointed to read the rumours linking Ben Arfa with a transfer in the summer. But the controversial Frenchman has never been able to establish himself at the club under Pardew, with the manager seemingly unable to figure out how best to utilise the attacker. Undoubtedly the most gifted player at Newcastle, Ben Arfa has largely been reduced to cameo roles from the bench this season and has frustrated with his inconsistency. Having been hauled off after just 45 minutes in the defeat at Southampton, it seems as though Pardew’s patience with this particular Frenchman is wearing thin and a transfer in the summer is expected.

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