Hatem Ben Arfa, on loan at Hull City from Newcastle United, wrote an open letter to the Magpies last week to wish the club the "best of luck", to "hope they have a good season" but to note that he was looking to "launch [his] career again with Hull City and Steve Bruce."
Newcastle supporters may not have been too fussed over manager Alan Pardew's willingness to send the Frenchman away on loan, however, the temporary transfer has now caused problems as, just days after the ratification of the deal, it was announced that Siem de Jong could be sidelined for a number of months. Ben Arfa, of course, would have been the ideal replacement.
But would he?
He wrote in his column for The Sun: "If I was a Magpies supporter I think I’d like to write back to him and ask why he didn’t try harder more often when he played for my team.
"How many games did he play, 50-60? He’s not exactly Alan Shearer, Kevin Keegan or Jackie Milburn, is he? Yet there now seems to be a growing trend among modern footballers to open their hearts and pour out sugar-sweet nothings to the supporters they leave behind."
On the motive for writing such a letter, Redknapp mused: "You suspect it’s a cunning ploy to ensure they don’t get a barrel of abuse when they turn up in their team’s new colours as Ben Arfa will with new club Hull later this season."