Demba Ba has come out and talked about his manager Alan Pardew.
Demba Ba in training at Benton
Newcastle took a bit of a chance on Ba when they signed him as a free agent in the summer, but the Senegal striker, who was born in France, has repaid the Tyneside club with 16 goals in the Premier League this season, and he is second only to Robin van Persie in the PL scoring charts.
And Demba flashed a free kick only inches wide of the post in the first half, but he didn’t get much credit for that because space was taken up describing the four goals we conceded in the first half in London.
It’s very likely that Demba Ba will be offered a new contract on Tyneside before the summer, and he has already come out and said he is happy at Newcastle and wants to stay.
While that doesn’t stop a club coming in for him in the summer, but if Newcastle do their job, it will take a big big fee to pry this player away from Newcastle this summer, which we don’t think is going to happen.
Demba Ba talked about his manager Alan Pardew:
“He is a good manager because he knows what he’s doing. Every time when we have a game-plan and we stick on it, we can have a good result. He gives us confidence.”
“We have a good spirit in the team, we have some good players with a good mentality. Most of us are young players and they just want to enjoy and show how good they are.”
“Our goal was to reach the top 10, so if we are seventh or eighth at the end of the season we have reached our goal. We’d be happy with that.”
“Pardew called me when Papiss came up for his medical and I said ‘if you want somebody who can score goals, then you have the right man because in the box he is terrible to control.”
“He is very quiet and he’s working very hard as well. His English is bad but he’s going to be good because he learned German pretty fast, so he won’t struggle!”
We saw the power of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse against Aston Villa, but the two of them were frozen out on Saturday, but they should get a lot more chances against Wolves on February 25th, in our next game.
And we need some goals to try to improve that goal difference, which at zero is only the 8th best in the league, but the worst of any side in the top seven.
If we can get back on track we can still finish in the top seven or even higher, but we have to finish above Sunderland this time around, because it would be criminal if we let Sunderland finish above us this season.
And one way to ensure that is to beat them and therefore do the double over them this season in our game on March 4th, when the game kicks off at noon.