Newcastle Braced For Offers For Their Top Players

There’s certain things you have to get used to when you become successful.

Demba Ba – unhappy at Newcastle?

One is when you finish 5th top of the league there are raised expectations, and Newcastle will now need to do at least as well next season, otherwise it will be a bit of a disappointment.

And in football when you surprise everybody and do so well, top clubs will take a close  look at some of your best players.

And it’s obvious that clubs like Chelsea, as one example, will be interested in some of Newcastle’s players.

One is Cheick Tiote, whom Chelsea have been interested in for over eighteen months now, but it seems the player Alan Pardew thinks he may lose is Demba Ba.

Once Papiss Cisse arrived and scored his first goal for Newcastle in the second half against Aston Villa at St. James’ Park,  Demba Ba never scored another goal for Newcastle this season.

And Demba has that release clause in his contract, but it could be that he thinks moving to some other club may be best for him in the summer.

GOAL is reporting they have inside information that Demba Ba is unhappy at Newcastle, but we think that’s all made up stuff,  to get a good story.

The Newcastle fans love Ba, and want him to stay – and we are hoping  he will stay on Tyneside and sign a new contract very soon.

But Alan Pardew, who was named LMA manager of the season last night in London, is ever hopeful of keeping his star players at Newcastle, and to bring some  new ones into the club over the summer months:

“I think it is important to try and keep our best players,” “I think that is going to be difficult but we will try. When you look at the finance we have it is difficult when Champions League clubs come calling. We will have to take stock of that.”

“We have got our eyes set on players we think can take us forward if we lose anybody. In terms of bringing people in, we will definitely bring in two or three players and hopefully get it right. We need to strengthen in some areas.”

Alan has used the cases of Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton to illustrate that the grass is not always greener at other clubs.

All four players who left Newcastle last year have not had good seasons, although Kevin can still get promoted with West Ham, if they beat Blackpool in the play-off final on Saturday – we hope they do just that.

Kevin was a great captain for Newcastle at a time when the club came back from the abyss.

And Joey Barton has just embarrassed himself and football once again, with his ludicrous antics against Manchester City, and the subsequent comments he has made on his twitter account are so hateful, you wonder what this guy is thinking.

We are pleased that Joey left the club, in retrospect, given his behavior at QPR this season, but we want to keep all our good players this season.

What you put out is exactly what you get back in life, and that hate on Joey’s Twitter account he’s put up since Sunday, is more than a little alarming.

But enough of a player who is not at Newcastle any more – and we’ll know come September, if Alan Pardew and Newcastle have been successful in keeping their very best players.

We certainly hope so.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • obatoyou

    May 15, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Let Ba go, buy Rossi back from relegated Villareal heh

  • Beattie25

    May 15, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #2

    As I’ve said before Demba Ba is no saint.

    He is the same player that walked out on Hoffenheim and left West Ham after 6 months . If the opportunity to leave presents itself
    To him he will go.

    The question is who will take a risk like we did?

    I don’t want him to leave but he isn’t as indespensible as he once was.

    He quality hasnt left him but we have to think of the good of the team much like Ba did when he switched to LW.

  • Brutooon

    May 15, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Buy De Jong and Kevin Doyle as backup

  • obatoyou

    May 15, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Do you think Ba leaving will influence Cisse in some way, for the better or worse?

  • karasu

    May 15, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #5

    To start off, I’m reposting what I feel about Joey Barton in point form:

    – best right winger we had before Ben Arfa’s resurgence
    – Hardworking, decent crosses and actually cares about every game that he plays
    – looks like both Tevez and Aguero made a meal out of Joey’s contact
    – doesn’t mean that Joey should lash out like that
    – did look like he got the fire in his belly under control while with us
    – hope for his sake he can channel his aggression properly

    Now back to my thoughts on this post, best of luck to our ex-captain Kevin Nolan. I feel that we can never be too careful when it comes to keeping our good players with us. Sure, Graham and his team has been uncovering gems after gems. But gems like Tiote and Ba are actually really hard to come by (ask “mr unknown youths” arsene wenger). We can’t always count on Graham to be able to keep supplying us with conveyor belts of talents.

  • Beardosfacedouble

    May 15, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Sorry Ed, but West Ham don’t get my vote to come up. Much rather an away day by the sea than another up the smoke! Also, I hate the ‘ammers.

  • obatoyou

    May 15, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Brutoon De Jong?
    Wouldnt he cost like 20 mil, is he a striker? thought he was like a defensive mid meself

  • Ben3arfa

    May 15, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #8

    yer i also hope Blackpool win and fat Sam stays in the championship for another year with his 50k a week championship level players

    as for Ba, who would genuinely take the risk of signing him and offering him a good contract as well?
    i personally think he may stay on for another year with us

  • Papiss9

    May 15, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Luuk De Jong, the most promising dutch striker, will be expensive, but wow that would be an incredible signing

  • Graeme

    May 15, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Would love to keep Ba, but, IF he goes he will be replaced, hopefully by a striker who wont be involved in the ACN again next year!! Losing both our main strikers for up to SIX weeks in January could cause us a serious setback in both Europa League and Premier League campaigns.

    I’m sure Mr Carr has his eye on a few strikers who could come in and perform for us with maybe a young, up and coming striker already being lined up anyway.

    All we can do is hope we keep what we have; reinforce where its obviously needed – its no secret!! Replace any players who leave with a player who is at least as good, if not better and get them in asap.

    With a few new players coming in anyway, a good pre-season could be essential for us next season, get everyone used to playing within the team. I think next season could be even better than this one, given we were always a work in progress. Roll on August lol

  • Beattie25

    May 15, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Ba and Cisse are not best mates.

    Ba was born and raised in France and chose to play for Senegal. Cisse is Senegalese by birth. They have played for different clubs throughout their careers and often played against one another. The only time they were together was for international matches.

    Their relationship isn’t that close. And if Ba leaves I’m sure Cisse has already made good friends at nufc.

  • obatoyou

    May 15, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #12

    Is he like fully awesome?
    Dutch and Spanish have top players hey, they will be favourites for the upcoming tournament in poland, i support england even though i live in australia, i hope we win

  • Papiss9

    May 15, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #13


    Spot on. why would cissse leave if ba leaves. He plays for a big club and is wearing one of the most famous nr. 9 shirts and he looks very happy to be here.

  • obatoyou

    May 15, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #14

    Wow, did not know that Beattie, true that Cisse will have friends, most of our team is french (speaking) and we’re bringing more french players in. On a separate note, if Ben Arfa leaves, I will be very upset.

  • Londtoon

    May 15, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #15

    This could all just be paper talk from the media. Its true that we do need to sign another striker who is not in the ACON. Not just because of the ACON but because McLoven is leaving and that leaves us Bestie and Shola.

  • lewytoon

    May 15, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #16


    when people first load the main website, what is the first article which comes up? mines the nufc vs everton preview so i have to keep clicking next article like 20 times to get to the newest one

    anyways, anyone saw the journal today? were interested in lorient cb manga and have enquired for man uniteds ezequiel fryers who can play either rb or lb

  • obatoyou

    May 15, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #18

    yeah i had that problem lewy, then i went to like
    which won’t load, but then you click on
    revert to desktop site, worked for me fella ok you got it
    ok so we’re on par then

  • lewytoon

    May 15, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #19

    ahh yeah that works, thanks a lot

  • STB

    May 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #20

    Floppychops has already tapped him up. If Spurs don’t get into the CL Ba will probably get a chance at Chelski.

    I hope we already have a good back up lined up. A 4-3-3 with Marveaux on left (Fergie/Jonas/Sameobi as back up) covers the options.

    We would need another top quality striker to cover Cissé (CAN). Shola is a 20 minute impact sub (brilliant this season vs Spurs & Mackems and good at holding the ball up if we’re hanging on.

    If Gameiro is still not getting a regular game at PSG next year, maybe he’ll see the success of Arfa & Cabaye and think again. That said PSG have CL so he may stick around for that.

    In the middle I’d like to see Diamé brought in. He could play alongside Tioté freeing up Cabaye to play a bit further forward.

    So we need RB. Debuchy would be good option & Cabaye did make it sound yesterday on French radio like there was more than a half chance that he would come. Valencia are in deep financial trouble like most Spanish teams. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him come in. Main issue is Lille are no mugs & will not sell before Euros where he could go from 5m to 8-10m if he plays as well as he did in the last international match

    LB. Cover for Santon if he doesn’t switch to RB

    2 CBs One being able to play elsewhere.

    We should bear in mind that it is unlikely Senegal will be so poor aagin and we’ll need to ensure we’ve got good enough cover for the African copntingent.

    Great season. Now build and don’t dismantle to rebuild.

  • thebionicMAG

    May 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #21


    I totally agree, first of all im not condoning what Barton did, just putting the incident into perspective.

    Teves started it by tw@tting him first and it went unpunished. Teves then went down like a little girl (i hate this and was p_issed off when Tiote and Perch did it earlier in the season)
    Aguero also made a meal of it and was clutching his lower abs when Barton kneed him in the thigh.

    what people also have to understand is the power in which Barton lashed out. If he had of full throttled Teves and legitimately knocked him out, then fair enough, I say arrest him or any other player that does that. If he had of hoofed Aguero like he was taking a spot kick, again fair enough, have him arrested as thats common assault too. same with the head-butt. If any of us were on a night out down the quayside and a thug came up and head butted us I’m fairly sure we’d all take the head-butt (i e. no power at all) like the one Barton threw at Kompany.
    Again im not condoning what Barton did but these attacks were more token born out of frustration. Just trying to add a little perspective. Teves is a petulant, selfish, evil little money grabber and he wound Barton up, when Barton gave him some back he went down like a little girl. Funny how he immediately got up and was 100% fine when the ref gave him the red card, Same with Aguero.

  • thebionicMAG

    May 15, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #22

    Also the comments Barton made on Twitter were stupid and hardly helped his cause. He should have just explained the reasons for his actions followed by an apology.

  • dak76

    May 15, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #23

    Hope Ba stays, I doubt he’ll get the love and adulation from the fans anywhere else (& from real quotes, ie-pards – not speculation from the rags, say he plays for the love of the game, not money)

    @ Beattie… Hoffenhiem were a one season wonder, now a mid table bundesliga team (where he played on the left of a front 3) – he left to play in the PL, like most players in europe aspire to do as the money and game is better. Do you blame him for jumping ship on a relegated team after 6 months (no doubt promised alsorts of crap from the 2 davids)? – and it was within his contract with west ham to leave if relegated.

    Somehow I doubt he’ll jump ship this summer to join Chelski or PSG. Don’t think he’ll wanna spend more time on the bench than on the field – you’ve seen how p###ed he gets when subbed!!. Plus he only has to look at other players who have joined them and see their respective careers have gone nowhere. The grass is not always greener – just ask Torres / Gamiero / Forlan@inter etc…

    Also don’t think his relationship with cisse will have any impact on his decision (or cisse’s). Come August he’ll be banging the goals in for the Toon.

  • Nick 69

    May 15, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #24

    I think Demba will end up just like a lot of others who wanted to leave us, and find out the grass isn’t always greener. I think he just likes to be loved, and likes to be the main man and star of th team, which he he 1st half of the season, but then the emergence of HBA and Cisse took the limelight from him and he doesn’t seem to like it. If he goes to Chlesea or somewhere, he’ll very much be a small fish in a big pond and I don’t think it will suit him. But if he wants to go, just like ANY other player ill drive him there myself. Don;t want any unhappy players rockin the boat no matter who they are

  • thebionicMAG

    May 15, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #25

    On Ba or any other of our top players, although every player has their price ( I mean common are we going to turn down 100 million if Man Citeh offered that for Cisse?) However there comes a point where you have to say NO when clubs offer ‘realistic’ sums. We cannot uncover brilliant players season after season only for the bigger clubs to come along and take them. I mean who the f_uck is Carr scouting for…us Chelsea ,Man Citeh or Man United???

  • Nick 69

    May 15, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #26

    dak76 – some of your points there totally contradict each other. you state he isnt money motivated, yet your next sentence says he left as he wanted to come to the Prem because the MONEY and football is better.

    You also stated he left West Ham, as it was in his contract to do so, its also in his Newcastle contract to do so.

    At the end of the day, there is only ONE reason you ask for such clauses in your contract, and thats so you can get out easily enough if something bigger and better comes along. If Ba wasnt already thinking about moving on to bigger places before he’d even signed for us, then he wouldn’t have insisted on the clause

  • Cool Hand Luke

    May 15, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #27

    Leweytoon, me too, but if you load up the main page, then click on the huge blue nufcblog logo at the top the site refreshes with the correct posts in place

  • dak76

    May 15, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #28

    Nick – True, I should read what I type before posting!

    At the end of the day everyone is motivated by money, but there does come a point where your earning soo much (as footballers do) that it no longer becomes the main motivating factor – especially if you feel comfortable where you are.

    My point was he ‘seems’ happy (and pardews quotes the other day that he’s more interested in playing than doubling his already huge earnings) and moving to a club like Chelsea / PSG etc might not actually benifit him on the pitch. So many players have moved to a ‘bigger’ club to earn more money but end up stagnating and sitting on the bench for much of the season.

  • danuneek

    May 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #29

    To be honest, I have full confidence in the club. If any of our players are sold, then it will probably be for the better. I have learn’t from the Carroll and Enrique saga, both of which are playing for a poor side now.

    I certainly wont be too upset if Ba decided to leave, as he’s no left winger and no Cisse. We play better with our 4-2-3-1 formation where we get the best out of Ben Arfa as opposed to a straight 4-4-2 trying to accomodate a moody Demba Ba. Besides, Cisse seems to play better as the focal point and single striker, with players in support on either side and Cabaye feeding passes from just behind. I love Tiote to bits, but even Tiote makes a lot of mistakes and if he wants to leave … then there is no point keeping him. Out of all our players, I would like to keep Cisse, Ben Arfa, Krul and Cabaye. If Ba goes, replace him with someone younger and quicker, and also bring in another winger to play on the opposite side to HBA.

    Team for next season


  • alanrichie

    May 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #30



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