Deadline day didn’t throw up any pleasant surprises but as well as Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa heading to Rome, we had the less obvious Hatem Ben Arfa relocation to Hull City.
While we all await what Hatem does, or doesn’t, do under Steve Bruce – how does everybody feel about the situation Ben Arfa finds himself in?
Once one of the golden boys of French football, going on loan to Hull City maybe wasn’t what he and others envisaged as a career path, nor possibly did they ever imagine he’d end up with a manager like Alan Pardew!
To get a flavour of what the French football public make of the latest move by their prodigal son, we asked our top translator Pierre to have a look over the Channel and these are some of the fan reactions left on the L’Equipe website regarding Hatem’s latest career move;
I wish him good luck, not a bad boy, just lost.
Ben Arfa performing at Hull will make Newcastle fans hate Pardew even more.
Good luck Hatem, show us your talent, please!
The Golden Foot at Hull, what an event!
He is happy to have found a way out, he was really liked by the fans and everything went wrong after his clash with Pardew.
Hull would probably still be in the Europa league if they had gone earlier for him!
A good player but always seems to have problems at every club he goes to and with coaches; at 27 a good age to bounce back, good luck.
Hull is the last chance in his career.
Hull is renowned for being the least intellectual place in England, he will fit in nicely.
Good luck Hatem, have a great season and shut up your doubters!
Shows again that Newcastle is only a stepping stone.
Benzema, Ribery and Ben Arfa will end up in Qatar
As long as he regains pleasure in playing, he could shine being away from a very mediocre Pardew.
Next year: Bristol City; in 2 years: Doncaster Rovers; in 3 years: Fc Aubervilliers…
What a fall!
Playing at Hull is 100 times better than playing in France, at least they have supporters unlike here in France! The Newcastle fans did support HBA and Hull supporters will do the same.