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Ben Arfa: a huge talent counteracted by his mentality

first_imgIn Rennes, Ben Arfa did not reach the level of Nice, but he became a footballer. In the beginning, he was a player who stood out for his brutal change of pace, capable of dribbling at any rival, and showing a spectacular ease to see goal. That talent to leave by any profile, that speed in driving and that spectacular dribble of waist, able to leave nailed to the opponent, They have earned him to be considered one of those talents that if per head were, would have been one of the best players in the world. In Brittany, Ben Arfa became a more organized and leisurely midfielder, not with so much dribbling, but with a final pass and a vision of the game that again showed that he treasures a quality within reach of very few. However, Ben Arfa’s career has been tumbling. Star of France U17 that was proclaimed European champion in 2004 against Spain (with Nasri and Benzema, among others), the player soon showed that he did not have an ideal mindset for the elite. With just 21 years, dhe left Lyon to leave for the eternal rival, Olympique de Marseille. When he was better soccer, he decided to go to the Premier, but not to a big club, but to Newcastle. And he has also been involved in several altercations, such as when he was removed by Unai Emery for mocking his French accent in training, becoming another year without playing before signing for Rennes. Hatem Ben Arfa It has become one of the surprises of the winter market. The French international, who had offers from Nice and Nantes, has decided to try in the Santander League and has signed for Real Valladolid. A surprising addition, since we are talking about one of the greatest French talents of the last decade.Although he arrives after six months off the pitch, Ben Arfa experienced a similar situation a few years ago, when he landed in Nice in 2015. At that time, the midfielder was a year without playing, and in just months he eventually became one of the best players in Ligue 1, being involved in 25 goals and achieving a signing for the PSG. And the same happened in Rennes last season, for which he signed after more than a year of inactivity, and achieved a historic classification for eighth finals of the Europa League and a title of the Coupe de France 48 years later for the Bretons.center_img What can Ben Arfa bring to Valladolid? Above all, quality in the final meters. The Valladolid team does not have a player of these characteristics in its squad, and in that rhombus that Sergio uses, the former PSG can act as a midfielder, with great freedom, and throwing transitions with his driving attached to the foot. The question is to know in what state of form he arrives, since he is a footballer who has a lot of talent, but little regularity. Of course, even on the days when it does not appear, is able to decide the match in an isolated play, So Valladolid wins a determination that was almost impossible to find in the market. In short, a signing that can give many joys in Pucela and that alone generates an unprecedented expectation in the League.last_img read more