We Are Not In America To Have Fun


Demba Ba played his first game last night for Newcastle, against Sporting Kansas,  but he had a very quiet game.

Demba Ba – not fully fit yet

But the 26 year-old is still not fully fit physically, and certainly not match fit, and that’s the reason for the pre-season of course, to get sharpened up.

We’ve taken to Demba Ba quickly, because he seems such a a warm and down to earth guy, and we’re hoping we’ll take to him even more when he starts smashing in all those goals for Newcastle next season – hopefully.

The Senegal striker seemed a yard off the pace last night, and he needs to quickly get up to par as far as both his physical and match fitness are concerned.

But he’ll have a full three weeks come Saturday to do that, because that’s the first game of the season, when the lads take on Arsenal at St. James’ Park.

We have to hope that both  Fabregas and Nasri are not Gunners by then, and both seem to want out at the London club.

Demba Ba talked to the Evening Chronicle today about his aims:

“For me personally, the main thing is to work as hard as I can as an individual for the team.”

“I have to contribute as much as I can.” “It’s not just being focused on scoring goals.”

“Everything else must be right as well, and you have to be part of the team.”

“If I’m getting into the positions and getting chances, I know I’m doing the right thing.” “I just want to do my job.”

“Things have been going very well out here in America, and we are all working hard.”

“These are good, competitive games for us to start off with – we aren’t here to have fun.”

“We need to train hard, and make sure we win the games as well, even though they’re friendlies.”

And the Newcastle fans seemed to have quickly taken to the big man, who they are looking to for many goals next season, and it seems like a mutual admiration society.

The  10 times capped Senegal International continued:

“Fans in Newcastle have given me a very warm welcome, and I hope that continues.”

“I look forward to seeing more of them and the city.”  “We’re counting down to the start of the season.”

We are hoping that the news today that Newcastle have not given up on PSG striker Mevlut Erdinc is true, and that Newcastle can indeed sign this player some time in early August.

We need another striker to help Demba Ba get all those goals for the side next season.

Comments welcome.



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137 comments so far

  • DarloGeordie

    Jul 21, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Looks better in black n white rather than west ham strip, needs to pull his finger out tho

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  • P.I.

    Jul 21, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Indeed, Newcastle are not in America to have fun. They are in America to advertise NUFC as a brand, and ultimately make Mike Ashley money.

    Oooh i can be rather cynical when i want….

    AND ITS PEERRRRRRRRFECTLY JUSTIFIED DAG NAB IT!

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  • JohnnyBrookes

    Jul 21, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #3

    I joined the league, name theEntertainers!!

    On a side not, someone on twitter who was at the game described BA as a “drunk shola” lol

    Hope not!

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 21, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #4

    In the bigger picture people should of expected our lads to struggle against US teams because this is our pre season whereas its mid season for the american teams they are fully match fit and very focus

    Our lads are still finding their grove and learning how each other play. Also the heat will play a huge part.

    Bring on the real season soon am having withdrawl issues here!

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  • P.I.

    Jul 21, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Twitter updates last night had Marveaux sounding pretty tasty mind. If we can keep that lad fit and motivated then we may see some fireworks.
    Would love for him to steal the show against the dirty scousers.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 21, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Wwjbd im getting sick of not seeing any football mate this 3 weeks better be quick my season ticket is burning a hole in my wallet

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jul 21, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #7

    aw am in the league man it did add me lmao.. NUFC Blog?

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 21, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #8

    eaststand honestly mate life it barely worth living without football haha

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 21, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #9

    There not in america to have fun there in america to fcuk up are squad and get players injurd…

    who’s next jonas? collo?

    you cant fire are lads into full force competitive football matches @ 50+ degrees

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  • BeeGuy

    Jul 21, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #10

    With the injuries mounting, AP make have to sign some N Americans, or bring them in “on trial”to get through this tour. Last night there were more substitutions allowed than Newcastle had players on the bench.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jul 21, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #11

    GK – Hart/Given
    DEF – Jose/Sagna/Cahill/Shawcross/Jagielka
    MID – Marveaux/Ben Arfa/Pennant/Jarvis/Thomas
    ST – Rooney/Bent/Suarez

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  • BigKirky

    Jul 21, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #12

    Remember everyone, pre-season is there to build up fitness again, therefore its an ongoing process, so whether players are playing good bad or indifferent, performances have to be taken with a pinch of salt i think. On a positive note, zero goals conceded so far! 🙂

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 21, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Yes with Ben Arfa already injured and out for 3 weeks minimum we definitely aren’t having any fun. Is Ashley enjoying the show? But we don’t have to worry even though we already have 3 or 4 injured players because we have such a deep, skilled team with the likes of Xisco, Smith, Routledge (whoops he is leaving), Guthrie (whoops he is injured), and Ferguson (whoops he is injured) ready to replace our first team regulars right Ashley? Ashley are you there?

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 21, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #14

    I played 5 mins off footy in turkey before and thought i was gona die.

    Before people start yapping im just saying its bad for the team

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Spl starts this weekend so we get to see some football

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #16

    @eaststandgeordie1982 You call that football?

    Id rather watch my local league the dyfl haha

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Its better than nowt

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  • TOONARMY4LIFE

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #18

    how serious is arfa’s injury?

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Hmmm I will probably resort to watching some SPL then 🙁 haha

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #20

    barton, cabaye, routledge, xisco, ranger, perch all started reserve game barton scored but getting beat 2-1 at half time

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #21

    Cant believe they are putting it on 3D as if it wasnt bad enough

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #22

    think hba will back for arsenal or scum game

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #23

    Haha 3D SPL!? Thats a horrible thought

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Damn right it is be better without the specs on lol

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Does anyone watch legends of the game on espn classic shearer was on earlier le tissier is on now he was some player still remember them 2 goals against us pure class

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  • Colo2

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Reserves are playing now they’re 2-1 down. Barton scored but he’s just hit the post with a penalty.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #27

    afternoon lads, anyone else injured in the hours that I’ve been in work?
    🙁

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #28

    Just pards arse ashleys been at it again

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  • JackButler

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #29

    there’s a lot of weight behind that as well
    😉

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Barca agree dea to sign sanchez

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Specially with del boy behind him

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  • JackButler

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #32

    How long is HBA out for, has anything been said?

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #33

    Not sure someone was saying 3 weeks earlier that brings it to the arsenal game

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  • JackButler

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #34

    FFS, this is beyond a joke now, how many more players are we gonna lose before the season even starts?
    I know HBA’s injury was from a tackle but surely question need to be asked over the conditioning of our players

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #35

    Just hope it makes ashley make a few more signings now its the worst time to get injured aswell cos theve got alot of catching up to do when they come back

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  • toonruz

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #36

    so when our next game lol i would play shola and best up front for remainder games so we do get any more injurys

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  • toonruz

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #37

    and keep the likes of ba safe

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  • JackButler

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #38

    Orlando city saturday night

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  • toonruz

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #39

    cheers JackButler i lost intrest in the states since hba got injured but saying that he still looks fast on the ball so thats good for us

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  • toonruz

    Jul 21, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #40

    as long as he is fit for arsenal i be happy

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