Demba Ba has given a good interview to the local press this morning, and he seems to have hit the nail on the head about Newcastle’s performance on Saturday.
Tamas Kadar – is this player not better than Simspon or Perch?
Ba has said that we were missing our two center-backs and if the replacements had been big and massive and could have headed the ball away, it could have all been different.
That’s so true and what the synopsis of the match has been, because when we saw Simpson and Perch were in the team, we asked ourselves before the game where was the height in the middle and who was going to head the ball away.
Of course the answer was nobody, and we went down to a bad defeat simply because we don’t have a strong enough squad, once out best players are injured.
And I wouldn’t like to be Tamas Kadar today, because if the Hungarian is no better than either Perch or Simpson, then it seems he has no future on Tyneside, and what happened to Tamas is still a bit of a mystery.
And it’s not as if we are blaming Simpson (5’8″) or Perch (5′ 11″) either, because they are not center-backs, and were asked to do a big job on Saturday and they just couldn’t get the job done.
Yohan Cabaye couldn’t have done any better either, if Alan had played him at center-back, although maybe Davide Santon could have since he is 6′ 2″ tall, the same height as Kadar.
The season might start to unravel now unless we can get back on track against Swansea on Saturday, and this is what Demba Ba said when asked if indeed the season was starting to unravel:
“We’re not going to let that happen.” “We’ll make sure we will prepare our game and we’re going to go onto the pitch to win the game.” “We need to win.” “It’s difficult to get into the top four,”
“Have you seen the teams? They’re unbelievable. If we can make it into the top half of the table we’ll be happy.” “I don’t think we had a good game as a team, we could have been better,”
“We conceded the goals at a bad moment and those goals put our heads down.” “It was difficult coming into the match with so many injuries. We lost our best players last week in Coloccini and Taylor and started with a brand new defense.”
“If our center-backs were big, massive and could head the ball it could have been different. That was the key. They were playing long balls and it was difficult for Danny Simpson to compete against Grant Holt or against Steve Morison.”
“We have Williamson who is on his way back, we have Coloccini who will be fit for next week, Cheick Tioté as well. If we have our full squad – minus Marveaux and Taylor – we’ll be okay.”
“It could have been different with 11 on the pitch, it’s not easy – we learned that the previous week – but we just don’t know how it would have turned out,” “I don’t think I’ve been on a better run of scoring,”
“I had a good period in Belgium with Mouscron when I scored eight in ten games. I just try to enjoy it, keep working hard and enjoying playing football.” “I expected from myself to do well. I was prepared for that.”
“I was also prepared for the battles we will face as a team this season.”
Good words there from the 26 year-old Senegal striker, who’s been a tremendous capture for Newcastle and now has 11 PL goals in just 16 appearances this season.
Demba Ba looked simply great on Saturday and scored two opportunist goals, and they could have been the winners if Newcastle could only have defended anywhere near their best.
But we couldn’t, and it tells the Newcastle hierarchy that we need at least one new center-back and probably another defender, when the transfer window opens next month, in three weeks time.
Once we know who is brought in, it will give us all a clue as to how Mike Ashley will be backing Alan Pardew to strengthen the squad, and whether he is actually willing to spend any money.
Strengthening of the squad is obviously what’s needed, and the sooner the better.