Ex-Newcastle United guy Hatem Ben Arfa labelled ‘largest waste in soccer of the twenty first century’

Hatem Ben Arfa’s former agent Frederic Guerra has slammed the ex-Newcastle United guy because the ‘largest waste in soccer of the twenty first century’ – claiming he can have gained the Ballon D’Or if he’d have labored tougher. The Frenchman spent 4 seasons at St James’ Park after becoming a member of from Marseille, totalling 14 objectives and 15 assists in 86 video games throughout all competitions.

He was once touted as one of the vital perfect younger skills in France throughout his step forward at Lyon, however didn’t ever fulfil the prospective amid a journeyman profession that went by means of Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain, Hull Town, Great, Rennes and Bordeaux. The 35-year-old is lately at Ligue 1 aspect Lille, the place he has made seven appearances since becoming a member of in January.

And whilst the tough winger produced some moments of magic – now not least his mazy dribbles in opposition to Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers – he by no means fulfilled his doable both within the Northeast or anyplace else. And his former agent has slammed the France global for losing such skill, labelling him as ‘the largest waste in soccer of the twenty first century’.

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“It is a mental factor from his youth. He was once king, king, king. He was once at all times instructed what he merits however by no means instructed to paintings.” Guerra instructed French outlet RMC Recreation . “I used to be satisfied that I had a participant that, if we labored on his thoughts, would win the Ballon d’Or. He was once so proficient. It is a large waste – possibly the largest waste in soccer of the twenty first century.

“There are many avid gamers that had been instructed early on that they might be pearls and nonetheless made it. Cristiano Ronaldo turned into an enormous employee early on, Karim Benzema took precisely the similar direction. It takes paintings, skill isn’t sufficient. However his mentor, Michel Ouazine (consultant and consultant) instructed him that skill was once sufficient.”

The Frenchman spent 4 seasons at Newcastle earlier than a fallout with Alan Pardew compelled the chief to send him off on mortgage to Hull Town. And that has been a habitual theme of Ben Arfa’s profession, with the winger continuously inflicting bother and making headlines for the entire fallacious causes.

And Guerra went additional into his assault at the winger, explaining why such fallouts had been so not unusual throughout his profession.

“He is a boy who by no means asks you for the rest however at all times makes you are feeling such as you owe him the whole thing. He does not come up with admire, however he calls for admire. He gives the look of sympathy, empathy, however that is utterly false.” The agent added. “He has no clear out between his mind and his mouth. Hatem will inform you the whole thing he thinks – with pressure. It is insupportable for a locker room, a president, an establishment. The whole lot revolves round him.

“If he made a distinction like [Kylian] Mbappe at PSG… However he does not do this with Lille, and he would possibly not do it together with his subsequent membership. And there will probably be a subsequent one. There’ll at all times be somebody who believes that they’re as much as the problem of managing Hatem.

“I do not need to be too harsh on him as a result of, even supposing he p*ssed me off for 4 years, I used to be very connected to him. Hatem is 35 now, however he’s going to be 17 years previous all his lifestyles. He is a kid.”


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