Behind Closed Doors Game Organised To Assess Hatem Ben Arfa Fitness
A behind closed doors friendly has been arranged by Hull to help assess Hatem Ben Arfa’s fitness ahead of their TV clash with West Ham on Monday.
After not starting a Premier League match since March, Steve Bruce wants to see where Ben Arfa is at with his fitness when Hull take on West Brom at the Baggies’ training ground today.
The behind closed doors match will also give the Hull manager the chance to have a look at Gaston Ramirez, who is in a slightly better position than Ben Arfa in that he actually played 24 minutes as a substitute when Southampton beat West Ham 3-1 at Upton Park in the last round of Premier League fixtures, plus his manager didn’t see fit to exclude him from first team training.
Newcastle fans will also take an interest in how Hatem Ben Arfa measures up, with there having been a concerted campaign by Alan Pardew and others, to portray the Frenchman as unprofessional and unfit due to not looking after himself properly.
Hull could potentially have two very talented last minute loan players on their hands, with Uruguayan international midfielder Ramirez having cost Southampton £13m as a twenty one year old.
Hull’s flurry of late action in the transfer market also seeing the arrival of record signing striker Abel Hernandez for over £10m. The striker yet to make his debut for Hull but showed he is on his game on Friday when he scored for Uruguay in their win over Japan.
By comparison, Newcastle fans were left in shock when space was created in the squad by both Ben Arfa and Mapou leaving, yet bizarrely nobody brought in to supplement a squad short on quality and quantity.
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