Newcastle Will Miss Demba Ba and Tiote in January

With the African Cup of Nations taking place in January in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, from January 21st through February 12th, Newcastle will be without both Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote for a number of games.

Demba Ba – missing for African Cup of Nations

And Alan Pardew will be checking on how the two lads are doing and hope neither of them gets injured, as we had enough of that when Michael Owen went off to play for England.

But with the squad being so strong these days, there will be no shortage of possible replacements in central midfield and up front, and it will give a good chance to some of the players not starting at Newcastle.

And with both Senegal (Demba Ba) and the Ivory Coast (Tiote) qualifying top of their groups, there is a good chance both countries will do well in the tournament, which means our two lads could be away for a while, and their participation will stretch into February.

Alan Pardew talked today about Demba Ba in particular, and he said it did cross their minds when Newcastle signed him, that he would be unavailable during the African Cup of Nations:

“His absence for the tournament did cross our minds before we decided to sign him and rightly so,” 

“Any Premiership side which goes into that period struggling and loses a key player, it is going to hurt.”  “Let’s worry about it when we get there. It could be six weeks with the preparation period.”

“We have all that to come. We will have to battle through.”  “You worry about your players because it is a really tough competition, really competitive.”

“It is tougher than some of the other international tournaments. All Premier League managers will be keeping their fingers crossed they come back in one piece.”

Newcastle will have a number of choices in midfield with Gosling, Guthrie, Abeid and Vuckic all able to play there, and up front we have Peter Lovenkrands and Shola Ameobi,  and a new striker who will likely come in during early January.

That will not help if it’s Modibo Maiga of Sochaux, who plays for Mali who also qualified top of their group, and he will be participating too.

But we have a sneaking suspicion that Newcastle may go after FC Twente’s 21 year-old Dutch International striker Luuk de Jong in January.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • niffnoff

    Oct 22, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Kenny Daglish should learn not to take our players. His current 2 steals aren’t proving themselves as it is. LIVERPOOL NEED TO F*** OFF THE SCUM!

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 22, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Sorry lads, bit of copy and paste here.

    Do SKY no what they are talking about? On SKY new’s the sports anchorman has just said NUFC could move up to 3rd. equal with Chelsea. I know that Wigan aren’t doing that well at the Moment. But for us to win 6-0?

  • petej

    Oct 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #4

    santon colo saylor raylor
    hba tiote cabaye jonas
    I’d be tempted to switch the full backs and give raylor a shot at right back ?

  • niffnoff

    Oct 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Well Wigan are odds on to lose… 6-0 is a bit of an ask though

  • Kris

    Oct 22, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Yes, we will miss them, and its a chance they will be injured aswell. We have cover for Tiote, but not for Ba in my opinion. Shola had a great game against Spurs, but he usual is hopeless! Lovenkrands is past his best, but could be a “joker” against weaker sides. Its seems also that Ranger dont will be given a new chance in the first. Sammy is great, and he can probably make an impact if the coach beleave in him. But we defo need a striker in January, and that should not be Maiga! He will also go out on AFC, so I dont see the logic in that! Maybe we should go for Berbatov, or loan him out the season, or maybe the same with Anelka!

  • marek1987

    Oct 22, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle Will Miss Demba Ba and Tiote in January… and Maiga 🙂


    Oct 22, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #8

    If we sign maiga we’ll have to play hba and best up front because of the ACON it could be worse! Tiote will be replaced on the team sheet by guthrie but not in any other way sorry danny but it’s true. This is the most likely scenario because we won’t spend more than 8m on a striker and we have guth,goz and smudge to attempt 2 fill tiote’s big boots.

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 22, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #9

    11 links for today’s game to choose from.


    Oct 22, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #10

    I don’t want 2 b 2 negative but in africa an injury is by no means the worst that could happen i’m sad to point out the gun attack on the togo team bus recently,the kidnapping 4 ransom of a players family member and that other gun attack on our own player at the time oba martins!

  • Offkey

    Oct 22, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Steven Taylor apparently giving an interview on football focus shortly

  • sephir0

    Oct 22, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Alreet lads! 😀

    MATCHDAY!! woo woo!! haha hungover to ferk but slowly coming back to life thanks to my excitement for what should be a cracking match 2day.

    Would like to see santon get a start today, any game that would help him get some team experience its this one, with some tough matches ahead… i think we’re guna need him.

    Understood and totally concur with what monsieur pardieu says about obertan, makes the sense really… its his “special project” and he knows the lad just needs some consistent game time to get his confidence up. pards has done a great job for us so far, and i think he deserves some faith in what he says… he’s earnt just a little surely? 🙂

    Need to say how well we’re doing at the hour mark to make any sub suggestions, but it will be most likely the obvious one’s with marvs, ben arfa, and super sub shola *drop to his knees* forgive me, for im not worthy to speaketh his name, i repent. lol Love ya really shola 😉

    Either way, lets hope for a win today, show the wigan side some respect lads they can hurt is if we take them 2 lightly. im sure pards has bin all over that with the lads already, why are we unbeaten u say? 🙂



    Oct 22, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Been thinking more about this ACON thing it’s a death trap:- disintery,malaria and a whole host of other nastiness floating around that cup lets petition to call the whole competition off sorry Africa it’s just not worth it ha ha ha!

  • geoff777

    Oct 22, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Could be a great day today.

    Toon win and a good chance that the scum will end up in the relegation zone. 🙂

    Will Mrs Doubtfire get the boot tonight?


    Oct 22, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #15

    Score predictions are ranging from 3-0 to 9-0…..christ there will be tears/fights in town this evening if we dont show up

  • Dannyo

    Oct 22, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #16

    I’ll go one better and say 11-3 😛

  • gorgonzola

    Oct 22, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #17

    9:0 3:0

    What are you children smoking….. I also tend to agree with some people who have indeed sounded their concerns or caution at this one…we could just **** it up…We will have to be VERY alert I reckon….

    I hope for the best its a game we SHOULD win but then again that mean nothin….

    If I was Pardew I would put an aggressive line up and straight toff kick on no fancy crap just fallout aggression for that first goal to calm the nerves…

  • kevymartins

    Oct 22, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Weel never know what the score ends up but what we do know is that dmba ba is going to score ..Maby even a hat trick cuz hes fcuking lethal


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