'It hasn't worked yet' - Steve Bruce disappointed with Hatem Ben Arfa's impact

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Hull City manager Steve Bruce admits that his signing of Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa hasn't gone according to plan so far.

When Hatem Ben Arfa signed for Hull City from Newcastle United it was a transfer which caused great excitement at the KC Stadium. 

The mercurial French winger had become a fans' favourite at St. James' Park, with his dribbling ability catching the eye, and it was a major coup for Hull to be able to attract someone of his standing. 

Ben Arfa was expected to become a key player for the Tigers this season, but Steve Bruce admitted today that the temporary switch hasn't had the impact he was hoping for. 

"Hatem Ben Arfa - it hasn't worked just yet," he said to the Herald. "The people that we brought in to give us that extra dimension - it hasn't quite happened yet but we have to give it time."

Sections of Newcastle supporters were outraged over Alan Pardew's decision to allow Ben Arfa to leave but, given his struggles, it seems to have been a wise move. 

The jinking winger has played just nine times for the Tigers this campaign, in all competitions, and he is yet to hit the back of the net in any of those fixtures. 

It typifies Hull's problems this season, with Bruce's men seemingly performing below the sum of their parts. 

The Tigers made some impressive signings over the summer, but they have not even reached last season's performance levels and unless Ben Arfa and his fellow summer recruits can raise their games Hull could find themselves in the thick of a relegation fight. 

At the moment Bruce's side are in 18th position in the Premier League table and they face a tough test against Chelsea at the weekend, which could see them drop even further down the standings.  

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