Good news to follow on from yesterday’s great 3-0 win against Stoke City is being reported in the local Sunday Sun today.
Demba Ba - after scoring at Stoke last year
There has been news that French club PSG, Demba Ba’s home town club, would be going after Newcastle top striker in the summer, but news today that the contract negotiations he is having with Newcastle are going well.
The Sunday Sun is reporting that Newcastle are closer than ever to extending the 26 year-old’s stay on Tyneside with a new contract.
A Newcastle source has told the local paper that while there is always the chance that Ba could leave, the striker has told manager Alan Pardew that his immediate future lies on Tyneside.
That’s also consistent with what Demba Ba has told the press recently, when he was quoted as saying:
“It’s always a dream for me to play one day at PSG, but I’m really happy where I am in Newcastle”
Demba Ba signed a three year contract in the summer, when there were still some doubts about his knee, which was the reason he had failed his medical at Stoke a year last Janaary.
But the knee doesn’t seem to have been a problem at all, and he has scored 16 Premier League goals this season, and was voted the best signing of last summer’s transfer window – he was a free agent from West Ham.
His goal-scoring has stopped recently, since Newcastle went to their new 4-3-3 formation, but he is still playing very well for the team, and yesterday was good evidence of how he links up so well with the three players up front.
Demba Ba is a very good footballer and he very rarely gives the ball away, and it’s now up to manager Alan Pardew to work out how to have both Ba and his Senegal strike partner, Papiss Cisse, both scoring goals on a regular basis for Newcastle.
While we’re sure he’d be happier scoring more goals right now, it was good to see how Ba was simply delighted every time Newcastle scored yesterday, and it backs up what Alan said before the game – that Demba Ba can give a lot more to the team than just scoring goals.
And the 6’2″ striker also played the whole game yesterday, and was unlucky on a couple of occasions not to score.
It would be a terrific piece of news for Newcastle fans if we hear that Demba Ba has signed a new deal to stay with Newcastle.