Hatem Ben Arfa was scheduled to appear for the reserves at Bolton last night but his appearance was pulled at the 11th hour and he was instead given a leave of absence to go and visit an ill family member in Tunisia.
Maybe it’s my overactive imagination? Maybe the previous of the player is making me question it?
One thing is for certain though, and that is that it’s all very, well, it’s all very convenient isn’t it? Could you really see Hatem making an appearance for the reserves? I must admit that I raised an eyebrow when I heard that was supposed to be the case.
No doubt I will be accused of rumour mongering or some such rubbish, but I’m not. Even if everything is tickety boo and Hatem is indeed fine and well it does kind of highlight the fact having Hatem Ben Arfa at the club is akin to trying to walk on eggs without breaking them.
Hopefully all is well and I hope Ben Arfa’s relative makes a speedy recovery, but let’s face it, he doesn’t have a sparkling record when it comes to sticking around somewhere where he doesn’t feel wanted does he? Ask Marseille and Lyon. Or is it OK because he spat the dummy to move to us?
Sooner or later Hatem is going to need to come into the first team. I read a few comments on here from The Kid last night which kind of mirrored that sentiment. In short Hatem is the type who wants a place in the first team all the time.
It’s been hard for him in all honesty and it’s been a long road back to fitness after such a horrific injury, but his time is coming. He’s managed about 90 minutes over two games and spent the third one sat on the bench for 90 minutes. After a year out I fully back that call against what is a very “robust” Wolves team.
However we are heading towards a couple of games that are made for Ben Arfa. Tottenham are an impressive side these days so will be looking to attack rather than defend at St James’ Park in a little under two weeks, and following that we have Wigan who, quite frankly, should be no match for Ben Arfa’s skill and vision.
I just hope that everything is all well and good and that my overactive imagination is just a sign of too much caffeine, quiet roads, and plenty of thinking time!