The controversial summer decision that proved Alan Pardew right

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been proved right in his decision to allow Hatem Ben Arfa to leave in the summer.

Alan Pardew's turnaround at Newcastle United has been nothing short of remarkable in recent times. 

The coach appeared to be heading towards the exit door at St. James' Park after a dire start to the season, when the club failed to win any of their first seven league matches, but has won over at least some of his critics after a fantastic string of results. 

Newcastle have climbed to the seventh in the Premier League table and beat previously undefeated Chelsea in their latest fixture, making Pardew's stock has risen to new levels. 

And it seem the club's tactics on the pitch are not the only thing he has gotten right, either. Indeed, Pardew's decision to allow Hatem Ben Arfa to leave on loan to Hull City in the summer was one that caused a great amount of controversy at the North East club. 

Ben Arfa's natural skill and direct approach had earned him a number of fans on Tyneside but the 53-year-old lost faith in the mercurial French winger and sent him on a temporary move away from the club. It was a decision which was criticised for appearing to detract from Newcastle's attacking threat - but Pardew's judgement has been proven right.

The Magpies' greatest success has occurred since instilling a counter-attacking strategy, which requires the entire team to be disciplined, and, as a result, Ben Arfa would not have fit in.

For all his dribbling ability, Ben Arfa is basically non-existent in a defensive sense and there is no way that he would have settled into Newcastle's current system. All the while, the French international has struggled since moving to Hull. Many felt that he could be the difference maker for the Tigers but his quality is yet to show at the KC Stadium. 

Ben Arfa is likely to remain fondly remembered at Newcastle but there can be no question that the club loaned him out at the right time. Pardew's foresight should now be praised rather than criticised. But will he get the credit he deserves?

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