Ben Arfa To Drive Bus For French Evacuation
The media are widely reporting a mass French evacuation from St.James’ Park in the summer, with Hatem Ben Arfa driving the bus.
Players such as Gabriel Obertan, Mapou Ynaga-Mbiwa, Romain Amalfitano and Sylvain Marveaux are all also getting ‘honourable’ mentions but I have a feeling there may be troubles ahead.
However, the club’s disastrous transfer policy, once you peel below the successes of players such as Cabaye and Tiote, sees a depressing outlook of both Newcastle fans and the club being saddled with unwanted players not fit for purpose.
In their rush to make it appear Newcastle were laying down a carefully planned long-term strategy in terms of player recruitment, ‘bargain’ priced players were brought in on long contracts despite in the main being damaged goods in terms of ongoing injury concerns or little real pedigree, Mapou the exception.
The position at the end of this season is that Obertan, Amalfitano and Marveaux will all still have two years left each on their contracts, while Mapou will have four and Ben Arfa only one year.
The obvious destination for all five of these players would be a club in their native country but while Newcastle obviously aren’t the biggest wage payers in this country by far, Premier League wages are by far in excess of what all but one or two clubs can afford in France and I think the odds are a little against Squidward (Obertan) being reunited with Yohan Cabaye at PSG.
In addition to this, the tax situation over the Channel is also massively weighted against any of these players getting anything like the money they are pocketing at Newcastle.
Newcastle United will no doubt take whatever they can grab for Hatem Ben Arfa this summer as he only has a year left and a club will gamble on his undoubted talent.
However, I would be amazed if any of the rest of Newcastle’s unwanted French recruits find permanent new homes, unless Mike Ashley takes a big hit on his outlay. My guess is that NUFC will be doing their utmost to at least get them out on loan to save on the wage bill and even that may need to be heavily subsidised.
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