It gets a bit sickening when we get players who do very well at Newcastle and then a bigger club comes along and takes them.
Demba Ba – after scoring on Wednesday night
That happened with Andy Carroll a year ago and now we have at least five players who as good as any players in the Premier League.
Those players are Krul, Coloccini, Tiote, Cabaye and Demba Ba, and any one of them could be gone by September 1st.
And unfortunately it seems that Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp may have let the cat out of the bag, by suggesting today that Ba has a release clause in his contract at Newcastle.
Basically what that means is that if any club comes along and meets that specific transfer amount, then Newcastle have no choice but to sell the player.
That’s how Newcastle got Yohan Cabaye from Lille last summer for €5M.
There would then be negotiations on wages with Ba, but it’s hard to think that a bigger club couldn’t offer him more wages than he gets at the moment on Tyneside.
Of course he does have that dodgy knee, and that may be a deterrent to a club paying big money for him – as it was to Stoke City last January, so thank heaven for small mercies. 😀
This is what Harry Redknapp said about Ba today:
“Demba Ba’s done great hasn’t he, everybody’s looking at him suddenly,” “Anybody could have had him a year ago. Full credit to Alan Pardew, he took him.”
“He’s done a fantastic job – what a strike-rate he’s got. He’s probably the most in-form striker anywhere at the moment.”
“They say there’s a release clause in his contract – that’s what we all hear. He’s certainly done well and it will be interesting to see what happens there, but at the moment he’s doing great things for Newcastle.”
“He’s off to play in the African Cup of Nations now [for Senegal], so he’s going to be away for a month or so – so that’s a difficult one.”
“At the moment Newcastle have got him and I’m sure Alan wants to keep him. He’d be disappointed if he had to lose him. He would be difficult to replace.”
Newcastle fans are holding their breath this January in case we lose Cheick Tiote, but it looks like it will be just as bad in the summer.
We think any one of those five star players could potentially be moving on from Newcastle, and that’s just the way things are at the Tyneside club at the moment – and that’s unfortunate – but true nevertheless.
It certainly makes it that much harder to build a very good side.
What do you think?