Demba Ba, the Senegal striker had a very good season for Newcastle after signing on as a free agent last June, and he scored a good 16 goals for Newcastle in the first part of the season, and that helped Newcastle finish in 5th position in the Premier League, and qualify for the Europa League.
Yohan Cabaye – with French squad earlier this summer
It’s true that when Papiss Cisse, his Senegal striker partner, joined Newcastle last January for £8M from German club SC Freiburg, the goals from Ba dried up, but some of that was that Alan Pardew went to a 4-4-3 formation and had Demba Ba playing out on the left wing.
And while he didn’t score any more goals, he still played well, and helped Papiss get his amazing 13 goals in his first 14 appearances for Newcastle.
Most Newcastle fans would be keen to see Demba Ba stay, and not execute that £7M release clause he has in his contract, but that’s only true if Ba himself wants to stay on Tyneside.
Yohan Cabaye has become a top player in Europe since arriving from Lille last June for just €5M, and he has spoken out today, and said that Newcastle must keep their top players on Tyneside this summer.
This is what Yohan told the Sun today:
“Demba scored many goals for us so it’s going to be important to keep him — and keep all the big players.” “I hope the board are going to do the right things to keep them.”
“I don’t know if we can go higher than last season, but we have to keep doing the right thing.”
Yohan Cabaye has become a huge player for Newcastle in our engine room, along with Ivorian Cheick Tiote, who cost only £3.5M from FC Twente two years ago, and we share Yohan’s views keeping our best players this summer.
But it’s also up to Demba Ba to commit himself to Newcastle, and we should hear something shortly about his situation, because Alan Pardew will be talking to the 27 year-old about his intentions, now that pre-season training has started up.
Demba Ba – we hope he stays – and wants to
And we did have a tweet from Demba on July 3rd from his Twitter account, which reminded us all these stories about him were only runors:
“Holla back everybody. So much stuff about me lately. Rumours are rumours! Just forget about it. By the way i had the best holiday ever!!”
We hope that Demba Ba will come out and say he wants to stay at Newcastle – officially – but we’re still not sure what he really wants to do.
What do you think?