According to recent reports, Everton are being linked with a move for Hatem Ben Arfa. The Frenchman has been a hit-and-miss type of player throughout his career and is also known for his angry outburst in the middle of the pitch. But on his day he has the ability to produce that moment of magic which can win the game for his team.
Everton, backed by Farhad Moshiri, will try to improve further next season. They were expected to have a breakout season this term but their poor start under Ronald Koeman derailed those plans. They invested heavily in the transfer market and brought some highly rated players like Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jordan Pickford. The team took time to take off but it was too late for Ronald Koeman as he was shown the door.
Sam Allardyce has done a terrific job at the club and has brought Everton to the eighth spot. Under Koeman, they were hovering around the relegation zone so one can understand how much effect Big Sam has had on the club. However, it is not clear whether Big Sam will continue his job at the Goodison as he was brought in earlier just until the end of the season.
Ben Arfa has struggled for regular starts at Paris Saint Germain as the French heavyweights have a plethora of attacking midfielders at their disposal. Premier League fans will remember him for his stint with Newcastle United. He lit up the St. James’s Park with some absolute world class goals but as said earlier he always was a hit and miss sort of player and was never consistent enough for the Magpies.
He is 31, so one would expect him to be bit matured but we still see those outbursts, which have stopped him from becoming a world-class player. He has everything, which a top player will need as he is blessed with excellent pace, strong physicality, top dribbling skills etc. However, his attitude brings him down as one feels that sometimes he isn’t willing to do the hard yards to become a top football professional.
Everton can probably take a punt on him but they will need to have a manager with excellent man management skills to control him. If not, he can be disruptive for the whole squad. If he is channelled in the right direction then certainly he can bring joy at the Goodison Park with his exceptional skills and talent.