Hatem Ben Arfa Newcastle United career to almost certainly end this summer

Alan Pardew has ran out of patience with the one-time talisman

Mark Runnacles/Getty Images Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle United
Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle United

Hatem Ben Arfa's Newcastle United career will almost certainly be brought to an end this summer.

Alan Pardew has run out of patience with the player and now sees no long-term future for the French internationalist at St James’ Park.

The Newcastle United manager is believed to have come to the end of his tether regarding the talented if inconsistent Frenchman and wants to sell him after this season.

Ben Arfa remains a huge favourite among the Newcastle support, but they have caught only fleeting glimpses of the winger at his best this season.

Pardew singled out Ben Arfa for criticism after the home midweek defeat to Tottenham Hotspur for his poor performance after coming on as a second-half substitute.

His display in the 4-0 loss was typical of many of his performances this season in that he seemed to play for himself and showed little appetite to make a solid contribution.

That display seems to have been the final straw for the manager, who was also angered by Ben Arfa four days previously in the defeat at Chelsea.

Ben Arfa, 26, has been left out the team this season more often than not, Pardew preferring Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko to operate on either side of midfield.

Neither would claim this to be their preferred position, but their work rate and willingness to get defend when need be has meant them keeping their places when fit. Pardew spoke last month of Ben Arfa filling the role of Yohan Cabaye and had performed in the No10 position earlier in the season with differing results.

The Newcastle manager said: “I have said to him ‘you have been waiting and you have been patient’ because he has conducted himself well in and around the building and his temperament has been great.

“Now his time has come and in football you have to take the moment when it arrives.”

It seems Ben Arfa has failed to take this final chance and, with just 12 games remaining of this season, is unlikely to receive another one.

Ben Arfa was signed in 2010 from Marseille, originally on loan, by former boss Chris Hougton.

He was awarded a permanent deal by Pardew, despite still be out injured with a double leg break sustained in a game against Manchester City.

In the following campaign, when Newcastle finished fifth, the Frecnhman lit up the Premier League with his performances and scored some wonder goals but, apart from one or two flashes of brilliance, his form and goals have dried up since then.

There is still a year to go on his contract.

While Newcastle cannot expect to receive a £10million offer, which Liverpool considered two years ago, Pardew would still hope to bring in at least £5m for his mercurial talent which he could reinvest during the summer transfer window.

Despite his loss of form, Ben Arfa would not be short of offers from clubs across Europe.


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