Newcastle United misfit Hatem Ben Arfa has stated today that he wants his next move to be top a big club, but who does he expect to come in for him?
There can be no question of Ben Arfa's ability, but given his struggles at Newcastle he simply has not done enough to warrant a step-up with his next move.
The Frenchman has fallen out of favour at St. James' Park and, whether or not Alan Pardew's reasons for dropping him were legitimate, he still has a lot to prove before meriting a move to a top European club, as he has requested.
“Being a free agent next summer? It is huge pressure," he said to the Shields Gazette. "I have used up all my credits. It is like playing Mario – I have one life remaining,
“I have to take care, but I will take on the challenge.
“Playing for one of the biggest clubs in Europe? I will achieve it.”
At the moment, Ben Arfa is playing on loan at Hull City, but he has not made too much of an impact at the KC Stadium.
A match-winner on his day, Ben Arfa is blessed with wonderful skill in possession, but this has hardly been on display for over a year now.
To think that any top club, regardless of his availability, would be prepared to take a chance to sign him is misguided.
At the moment, Ben Arfa's career is more in danger of petering out to a disappointing end rather than a headline move, and the Frenchman needs to concentrate on the immediate future and getting back to the form which once made him such a threat before thinking about his next club.