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.