On January 4th 2015, Newcastle United announced that they had agreed to terminate Hatem Ben Arfa’s contract with immediate effect.
The Frenchman showed plenty of potential and during his time at Newcastle United as he produced a number of moments of brilliance, with his dribbling and finishing ability getting supporters excited. But, one thing that let him down was his laziness and attitude, which had a negative affect on his career at St James’ Park.
Loads of supporters were less than impressed with club’s decision to get rid of the 31-year-old, as they took to Twitter to express their disappointment over the announcement.
— Nigel (@TriumphGuy09) January 4, 2015
— James Walker (@JamesWalkerrrr) January 4, 2015
@NUFC big mistake by newcastle top player
— Jack Keogh (@5eb93afd3a0646d) 5 January 2015
@NUFC What a waste of a talent! He had it all and could of been a legend.
— Ian Gregory (@iangregory70) January 4, 2015
@NUFC surely we could've sold him for a few million because atm that tight Ashley seems to need every penny he can get….
— TOONtilidie (@ady_staff) January 4, 2015
Hatem Ben Arfa established himself as one of the most exciting talents in Europe during his time at Marseille and Lyon, which caught the eye of Newcastle United as they drafted him in on loan back in 2010.
Indeed, he showed plenty of promise during his early days on loan at Newcastle United but he went on to suffer a broken tibia and fibula in his left leg, which kept him out for a long period of time. But, that didn’t stop the Magpies from completing a permanent deal for the Frenchman as they reached an agreement with Marseille.
Ben Arfa scored a magical opening goal against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup, which really showed supporters what he was capable of. And, he managed to produce another moment of brilliance later on in the same campaign against Bolton Wanderers as he glided past four players and slotted the ball into the back of the net.
Indeed, Ben Arfa went on to score 14 goals and provided 16 assists during his Newcastle United career, which included a number of wonder strikes. It’s safe to say that he did lack effort and was lazy at times, but he had all the ingredients to become a legend at St James’ Park as he had already helped the club massively on the field.
However, he was shipped out on loan to Hull City and was then released from his Newcastle contract after reaching an agreement with the club.
So, it comes as no surprise that some fans were less than pleased with the club’s decision to let him go as he had plenty of potential and was arguably one of the biggest talents in the Premier League. Indeed, the Magpies could have at least tried to get a large sum of money for his services, opposed to just releasing him from his contract.