Alan Pardew Lines Up Another Three To Follow Sylvain Marveaux Out Of The Door
Newcastle United and Alan Pardew’s efforts to get rid of certain players, at last paid dividends on Tuesday when [intlink id=”45186″ type=”post”]Sylvain Marveaux left for an initial year’s loan[/intlink] at small French club Guingamp.
Having just survived last season after promotion to Ligue 1 the year before, Newcastle United will surely be contributing to Marveaux’ wages, with the unfashionable French club surviving on gates of fifteen thousand, in a league where clubs are run on a small tight budget unless you are one of the handful of elite clubs
The same problem of wages will surely be the case for pretty much all of the players United are trying to unload, with the Shields Gazette naming three this morning that they understand Newcastle are committed to jettisoning before the transfer window ends.
The three players in question are Hatem Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrez and Gabriel Obertan, no surprises seen as none of the three travelled to New Zealand, with Jonas not even being spotted at the training ground this pre season.
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All 3 have allegedly been told to find new clubs and rather than travelling to New Zealand, Hatem Ben Arfa and Gabriel Obertan finding themselves on Tuesday afternoon playing with the kids against Queen Of The South. [intlink id=”45198″ type=”post”]The match ending 4-4 with Ben Arfa scoring once[/intlink] in a behind closed doors friendly.
Finding somebody to take Gabriel Obertan on his current wages, even on loan, would look an impossible ask – especially when wages are generally so much lower in French football and harsher taxes reduce the wages of players over the Channel further. The folly of giving a player like Obertan a ridiculously long five year contract, means that he still has two years left and that comes after the last two years of contributing next to nothing.
While Jonas has always divided Newcastle fans, he could still do a job still in the Premier League, but again it may be hard to find a club to match his wages, unless Mike Ashley is prepared to subsidise them.
Pardew clearly is counting the seconds until he gets Hatem Ben Arfa out of St.James’ Park but so far the player has shown no inclination that he’ll fall into line, plus no interest has been confirmed from elsewhere.
Despite the baggage he brings with him, there will surely be clubs willing to take a chance on the ability Ben Arfa undoubtedly possess, especially as the transfer window draws to a close.
However, with Hatem’s past history of conflict at his previous clubs, guessing how he will react when clubs come calling is impossible to tell, even more so if they don’t meet his expectations of the level of club he believes he should be playing for.
While Newcastle have made some promising signings, it is still a small squad and one that is desperate for extra flair. Last season Newcastle relied on Ben Arfa and Cabaye to supply it, then just Cabaye, then….nobody.
Remy Cabella looks a very good signing but the last thing we need is for all the pressure to be on him to provide flair. I still daydream of a way to be found to get Ben Arfa back to being in Newcastle’s first team but if that is not to be the case, then alternative flair desperately needs to be brought in from elsewhere.
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