I’ll Worry About Keeping Senegal Strikers This Summer – Pardew

There’s little  doubt that Alan Pardew has concerns about losing Demba Ba this summer.

Papiss Cisse – in action yesterday
What’s that ball doing there – it should be in the back of the net

And in last Friday’s BBC Radio Five call-in he said there was some truth to the rumors about Ba having a release clause in his contract, and that Newcastle were trying to fix that by offering the Senegal striker a new deal.

Pardew wants to keep both Demba  Ba and Papiss Cisse at the club,  and then work out some way that both can keep scoring goals at Newcastle,  when they are playing together up front.

And Pardew went out of his way to say that Demba Ba wasn’t interested in more money, but he wanted to play where he had a good feeling and was loved – we think he has that on Tyneside.

Alan was asked this morning whether he thinks he can keep his two top strikers on Tyneside over the summer months:

“Whether we can keep our strikers and improve on that is another area to look at.”  “That’s for me to worry about in the summer.”

And Papiss Cisse was unlucky not to score yesterday, and he did have a chance early in the second half, which may have changed the game, if he could have put the ball in the back of the net.

But we also have to remember that the beauty of top strikers like Cisse and Ba, is that  they get themselves into position to score, and of course they miss a few chances as well.

But Papiss seems very happy at Newcastle as he had this to say this morning:

“I hope to continue scoring goals for Newcastle next season. I’m looking forward to playing in the Europa League.”

“We wanted to play in the Champions League, but we can be very happy with what we have achieved this season.”

“It’s good to be in Europe next season, but I’m sorry for the supporters, we wanted to give them Champions League football.”

“That was our objective. We are in the Europa League, and I thank God for the season I have had. But we are still a little disappointed.”

“We wanted to beat Everton, and finish as high as we could, and we’re disappointed to lose.”  “It was one of those days.”

“I had a chance early in the second half, but I didn’t score, and now the season is finished.”

It was simply a bad day at the office and Newcastle were not at their best yesterday – for whatever reason, but it’s hardly worth dwelling on it – with the lads having been so great over the full season.

We have to hope Newcastle have both Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba at the club come September, and they can then really start to scare the living daylights our of opposing defenses next season.

Sounds great to us.

Comments welcome.

212 comments so far

  • Wor Shearer

    May 14, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #1


    It looks like a solid CB, who also knows where the net is, is our number 1 priority.

  • Wor Shearer

    May 14, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #2

    I think Ba will stay. PSG would be the only team I reckon he’d leave for but I think do they want him?

  • Beattie25

    May 14, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Regarding the previous article should we not sign Debuchy and Pieters?

    Keep Cabs happy and Krul for £10-12 million?

    Sell Willo & Simmo bring in Douglas and then Colo, Douglas and Saylor can battle it our for the starting berths and Peiters can cover the 3 of them.

    Santon could move to LW ala Bale and he could track back excellently.


    Yours for about £18 million. Sell Willo, Best & Simmo for about £10 million and we are laughing.

  • Jonny

    May 14, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Debuchy, Douglas, Peiters, Colo, S.taylor, Williamson, Perch, Santon. That should be our defence next season, with the big fixture list ahead.


    May 14, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #5

    nxt season





    ————–de jong–cisse————-

    marvin martin

  • Beattie25

    May 14, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #6

    I personally think Saylor could score 8 goals a season if he stayed fit!

  • Beattie25

    May 14, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Also a lot of our problems this season have been from the delivery of set pieces as I think Cabaye is not a dead ball specialist.

    Bringing in Elm, Matin or similar is a must for me.

  • ToonMauritius

    May 14, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Hi lads,
    Is David Wheater of Bolton any good?

  • Beattie25

    May 14, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #9




  • ToonMauritius

    May 14, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #10

    We badly need a strong defender, wish Mr Carr discover one for us

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 14, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #11


    Everyone seen Gary Neville has been given a coaching role for the England team? Sounds like a good move to me.

    With regards to the amount of goals conceded…we’ve definitely let in too many, it’s clear to see. However, if you look at the changes in defense from the beginning of the season it’s not that surprising…

    Simmo – Saylor – Collo – Raylor

    Back line for most of the season

    Simmo – Willo – Collo – Santon

    Throw in to that the fact we’ve had Perchinho and Guti jump in at times and Santon is young and new to the PL…it’s not that bad.

    Next season should be a lot better imo.

    As for goals scored, just wait and see what Benny and Cisse create given a whole season 🙂

  • Wor Shearer

    May 14, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Ba on the bench?

    Can’t see that happening. It’s more likely he’ll move on than play next season from the bench.

  • dannyboy

    May 14, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Anyone get seriously pi**ed of with Ba on sunday?? not looking 4 a scape goat but he was so fustrating especialy in the 1st half, he was like bambi on ice, like shola on a sh*t day, ive been paying extra close attention to him the last 10 games and hes been so bloody poor at times. on sunday we were seriously crying out for someone to win some balls in the air or even just to hold it up,make simple passes or take on someone,just anything !!! he looked so awckard and clumsy,like i said not useing him a scape goat cause his 16goals have seriously helped us be were we are but i felt like punching my laptop at times!! if shola started on sunday i think it would have been different, pards has been far 2 scared to drop ba recently, he needed a good kick up the arse ,maybe a wee rest even

  • Toon_Tom

    May 14, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #14

    ToonMauritius – NO

  • Beattie25

    May 14, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #15

    I know Twitter is full of fakers but in searching for Debuchy I found this profile. It might not be the real one but it seems like it is.

    A fan asks him ‘Valencia or Newcastle? Cabaye or Rami?’ and he replies ‘Newcastle’


  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 14, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #16

    I think Ba has played pretty well on the LW, however, there must be better options, like Marveaux for instance. I’d love to see Ba stay and rotate him and Cisse as the front man of a 4-3-3 or 4-5-1. It would mean we have a goal scorer in all of the games. Ba seems a little wasted on the left and doesn’t seem to play as well as normal with Cisse in the team (yes, we have the stats to back that up 🙂 )

    Hope Ba stays with us for next season. Can’t see Cisse leaving unless a super super super super (did i mention super?) offer comes in which Mike can’t turn down, in which case we’d have Super money to replace him with as well as strengthening other positions. I pray to god though that I at least get another season of watching him in black and white, he is truly worthy of the number 9 shirt

  • Beattie25

    May 14, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #17

    On firther inspection I don’t think it is the real one.

  • Toon_Tom

    May 14, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #18

    McLeish been sacked.

    Agent Bruce up next to finish off the job McLeish started and get Aston Vile into the Championship???

  • Wor Shearer

    May 14, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Starting Shola!? You’ve been on the laughing juice mate!

  • wynsleap

    May 14, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Sick of hearing Pardew moan on about being worried about clubs coming in for his top players. Give it a rest man!
    Simple fact is if you don’t want to sell – DON’T SELL!!!
    If the players want to stay and you want them to stay that should be the end of it. None of this “We couldn’t afford to turn it down” garbage.
    The only way this club will progress is if we keep our best performers and gradually replace the ones not quite up to par. Let these existing good players in the team drop down (if they are willing) to the bench thus strengthening the first eleven each season.
    That way we shouldn’t have to make more than one or two TOP purchases – plus other squad members and it shouldn’t have to cost a fortune.
    Unless Ashley doesn’t want to make an outlay and wants to balance the transfer books … again.

  • -Tendo-

    May 14, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #21


  • Wor Shearer

    May 14, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #22

    It’s a shame Damien Comolli got fired. We could have sold Williamson and Xisco to Liverpool for £35m this summer.

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 14, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Wynsleap…That’s a bit unfair on Pardew really. At the end of the day he has little say whether a player is sold and after the Carroll saga thinks it best not to say he’ll be keeping players that the club are likely to receive offers on.

    We’ve had a great season, no doubt, but don’t expect that to change Ashley’s plan of how to run the club. If a bloody good offer comes in then players will be sold imo.

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 14, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #24

    Toon_tom – that would be great! Not sure they’ll make the same mistake twice though 🙂 On the other hand, not sure what manager of good pedigree is going to want the job…wouldn’t want to be a villa fan right now – actually I can’t think of a scenario where I would want to be one, but I think you get my point 🙂

  • Persian Geordie

    May 14, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Guys, here’s my team for next season:
    (new RB) – (new CB) – Colo – (Santon)
    Tiote – Cabaye
    Ben Arfa Jonas
    Ba – Cisse

    Option 2

    Santon – S. Taylor – Colo – (New LB)
    Tiote – Cabaye
    (New RW) – Ben Arfa – Jonas
    Ba (or Cisse)

    I want to give HBA a more free role to do what he wants if we go 4-5-1 against stronger teams and away.

    Adam Johnson would be perfect on our right wing.

  • Garreth

    May 14, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #26

    From the previous thread, people keep saying we need new defenders, and while we do, it’s not just down to them. Although our strikers have been great this season they only scored the same number of goals as we did last season.

    Our problem is the squad mentality when we go behind. We don’t seem to have any fight, and if we let a goal in lose our heads and think we need to score straight away leaving us susceptible at the back, that’s a huge problem that needs to be issued, and that’s not just to do with the defence but the entire squad and the tactics.

  • redondo77

    May 14, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #27

    I wonder what will happen to Barton if QPR got relegated

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 14, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Garreth…I think that needs to be addressed as a high priority. They are a new team, so perhaps just need some more time, but the stat that we haven’t got to win one game if we concede first is pretty scary really.

    As for goals scored, don’t forget next season we should have Cisse and Benny from the start, which should provide a lot more goals.

    Redondo…I’m still hoping they’ll tell him to get packing, but doubt they will. He’s an absolute clown and his talent comes nowhere near to making up for his constant foolish antics. If his opinion of himself get’s any bigger he wont be able to get a shirt over his head anyway, leaving him useless to any team @imjoeybartonandimamajortwat!

  • Dondatta13

    May 14, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #29

    i posted this the other day during the match but it seemed to have slipped under the radar:-

    Dondatta13 // May 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    In all honesty, I think the problem with BA is…

    The number 9 shirt (not the player in it).

    He was offered the jersey but said he wasn’t too bothered and was happy to sport his #19.. Not realizing, in effect he was saying give the central role upfront to the new guy.

    I think now he realizes that the number 9 shirt takes precedence and he is looking and playing like the guy who looked the gift horse in the mouth.


  • ToonDownSouth

    May 14, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #30

    Ed, you’ve taken that comment by Pardew way out of context.

    If someone asks me “What are you having for dinner tonight?” and I reply “I’ll worry about that later”, that does not imply I’m scared of dinner.


  • Dannyo

    May 14, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #31

    Hahaha, that is a good one.

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 14, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #32

    Dondatta….Interesting thought. I honestly believe he is just frustrated with himself and that he’s not scoring goals. This has obviously been made worse by Cisse coming in and well, scoring when he wants 🙂

    I think we were looking to get another striker anyway and I doubt it’s the shirt that’s made Cisse perform as he has….that’s just an added bonus!

    I hope he can see that next season we’re going to need to rotate and that the best 11 – 16 players are going to get a fair few games, so he shouldn’t feel second best and know that his role is equally important for the team…time will tell I suppose

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 14, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #33


    I’m not so sure it’s that – even when we’ve played Cisse on the left and Ba central, or the two up top on their own, he’s been disappointing.

    Earlier in the season we were playing 2 up, and he had Best or Shola winning everything in the air and flick it on for him. Cisse just isn’t that kind of player.

  • LocalZero

    May 14, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #34

    Totally agree. There were times this season when we looked incredibly solid and then others (like the first half yesterday) when it was a free for all for the other team. That’s not just down to defenders, that’s about playing as a team. Worrying that when we go a goal down the floodgates open. We don’t seem to have the patience of some of the top teams but maybe that comes with confidence.

    Think that’s a good point. Hadn’t thought of it to be honest. Wouldn’t like to see Ba go but need to find a way to get him back scoring.

    Just to be controversial…. maybe the only single person who we absolutely need to stay for the foreseeable future is Mike Ashley…
    Did I say that out loud…?

  • Shane

    May 14, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Everybody seems to leave S.Taylor out of their first 11. Will he not be fit for the start of next season? Regardless of how long he’s been out I’d pair him with Colo in a heartbeat. Really miss his die hard, sometimes clown like actions. 🙂

  • LocalZero

    May 14, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #36

    How good is Douglas by the way? Everyone is saying we should get him in but I’ve not really seen him.

  • Ben3arfa

    May 14, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #37

    gotta love agent Bruce, really want him to put a “good” shift in at Villa if he gets appointed lol

    i think we will sign 5 players this summer with at least 2 defenders, interesting to see that Marveaux played attacking midfielder yesterday doesnt look to have the speed to be an out and out winger so we may need a couple of wingers to come in who can play on the left regularly

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 14, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #38


    I agree with you there. A lot of people seem to have assumed that Douglas is a world class, ball playing CB, just because he’s Brazilian.

    He’s actually very similar to Saylor, and he’s a long ball specialist. Completely no nonsense, and an absolute tank.

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 14, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #39


    You don’t always need speed though. Think Beckham, Figo, and even Laurent Robert :O

  • supatoonkid

    May 14, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Bring in for next season: RB: Debuchy, CB: Mbiwa, LB: Ezekiel Fryers, CDM: Leroy Fer, CAM: Marvin Martin, WF: Wilfried Zaha/Hoilett & CF: Jay Rodriguez

    Starting XI (4-3-3): Krul; Debuchy, Collocini, Mbiwa, Santon; Cabaye, Tiote, Martin; Ben Arfa, Cisse, Marveaux

    Subs: Elliot, S. Taylor, Perch, Jonas, Fer, Zaha, Ba

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