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Hatem Ben Arfa On Form and Scores In Behind Closed Doors Match To Assess Fitness

6 years ago
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A behind closed doors friendly was arranged today 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 wanted to see where Ben Arfa is at with his fitness and arranged for Hull to take on West Brom at the Baggies’ training ground.

The behind closed doors match also gave the Hull manager the chance to have a look at Gaston Ramirez, who was 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 at the end of August, plus his manager didn’t see fit to exclude him from first team training.

Things couldn’t have gone better for Steve Bruce as both Hatem Ben Arfa and Gaston Ramirez scored in the kick about this afternoon, the friendly match finishing 2-2.

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 saw the arrival of record signing striker Abel Hernandez for over £10m. The striker yet to make his debut for Hull but showed form 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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