Well it now looks like Newcastle will lose both Tiote and Ba after the 3rd round of th FA Cup against Blackburn next Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park.
One way to stop Demba Ba this season – get him in a bear hug
That means the two African players will play only two more games for the Magpies, including the tough game against Manchester United on Wednesday night.
And what a stunning result it was yesterday when Blackburn won at Old Trafford 3-2 and they had lots of injuries too.
But the Red Devils certainly didn’t look a very good side at all based on yesterday’s display, and we’re not sure whether that’s good or bad for our game against them on Wednesday.
Wayne Rooney will presumably be back against Newcastle, and he was left out of the squad yesterday because of consuming too much booze at his Boxing day celebrations of beating Wigan 5-0.
He went out with fellow players Jonny Evans and Darron Gibson and their female partners, and they celebrated a little too much for Alex Ferguson’s liking, and all three players were omitted from the squad yesterday.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Sunday Sun this morning about Cheick Tiote and Demba Ba:
“Their last games here I think will be on Saturday. “It will be Blackburn and then that will be it.”
And given the tournament starts on January 21st and goes through to the final on 12th February, both players could miss the following five games if the Ivory Coast and Senegal reach the final of that competition.
January Sun 15 13:30 H QPR Sat 21 15:00 A Fulham February Wed 01 20:00 A Blackburn Sun 05 13:30 H Aston Villa Sat 11 17:30 A Tottenham
That’s 15 points up for grabs while those two top players are away, and we have to hope that our strikers Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best can come in and score some goals.
And it was good to see the players’ new year resolutions this morning on the Newcastle site, and Leon Best had but three words to say – score more goals – and he’s dead right there!
As far as losing Cheick goes, we think Haris Vuckic and/or Mehdi Abeid will come in and get their chance, and we expect both our 19 year-olds to do very well.