It started a couple of days ago when Alan Pardew suggested he would not be too happy that his friend Papiss Cisse was scoring all the goals and in the limelight at Newcastle.
Demba Ba congratulates Cisse after first goal yesterday
That comment was about Demba Ba, and Alan laughed at his news conference for the Swansea game, by saying he would put Ba back in the middle soon and that would put a smile on his face.
But when Papiss Cisse scored that first goal yesterday, Demba Ba was delighted, and Papiss had just scored his 8th goal in 8 games for Newcastle in the number 9 shirt.
And then Ba was taken off after 59 minutes and replaced by Shane Ferguson, and it’s true he didn’t look too happy at being substituted.
But it was to ensure he was fresh and ready for the next big game – on Monday afternoon against a rejuvenated Bolton side at St. James’ Park.
And then when Cisse scored his second phenomenal goal after 69 minutes, when a second goal was need to lift the pressure on Newcastle, the TV commentators added to the drama by saying everybody in the Newcastle dugout had celebrated except Demba Ba.
We don’t know if that was true or not, but we think this is more of a media made-up thing than anything else.
Ba did put out a couple of tweets yesterday after the game on his Twitter account, the first one was as follows:
“Feel so good to be 5th on the table. With only 6 game to go. Cant sleep……. May be run a marathon today haha”
And then he responded to reports he was frustrated yesterday, and he responded this way:
“When you love football like I do, you wanna play every minute. End of the day we win. So I’m glad once again smiley“
What Demba Ba could be disappointed at is having to play out on the left hand side in a 4-3-3 formation, since the chances are seeming to come to Papiss Cisse in the center.
And not only did Papiss score two great opportunist goals yesterday, but he was back in defense helping out too, like all the Newcastle players.
Maybe the best formation for Ba would be a 4-4-2 formation where both he and Cisse are in the middle, but the way things have gone these last four games – four wins, 8 goals scored and only the dumb goal conceded at West Brom – Alan Pardew is not going to change things.
Monday is another day, and Bolton will be tough, but maybe Demba Ba can get back on the goals trail then.
We suspect a lot of the news on Demba Ba is either made up, or is being blown way out of all proportion.
At least we hope that’s the case.
What do you think?