Since Demba Ba returned to pre-season training last Thursday morning, by all accounts he’s been the consummate professional, training hard and doing everything asked of him by the coaches, and he shows no signs of wanting to leave Newcastle.
Demba Ba – every sign he wants to stay at Newcastle
That’s the good news, and certainly we’re sure Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has had a talk to the 27 year-old striker about what his plans are, with 19 days still left on his £7M release clause before it becomes inactive.
This is what Alan told the Daily Telegraph today:
“The whole thing with Demba has been constant. Whether that changes I don’t know, but I’ve not seen any sign from Demba – he’s actually training very, very well and looking good – that suggests he wants another club. I don’t sense that.”
“I’ve not seen any sign from Demba since he came back that suggest he wants to find another club, I don’t sense that at all.” ”He has a contract to Newcastle and he is loved here. I genuinely don’t see a situation where he wants to move on. “
“He has not stressed to me he wants to move to pastures new. He has said to me he wants some reassurance from me because he wants a more striking role this season and I think he will.”
“He played a couple of roles that were unorthodox for me last season to help the team, that’s the sort of person he is. He wants to play through the middle and he wants to score goals – that’s what he does best.
It’s not surprising that Demba Ba is asking for a striking role next season, since when he was up front at the beginning of the season, he scored 16 goals for Newcastle, and it was only when he went onto the left wing, when Alan played in a 4-4-2 formation, that his goals dried up.
He is a striker too of course, so it’s hardly out of the blue that that’s where he wants to play for Newcastle United.
Pardew has two top strikers at the club in Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, and it’s up to the manager to somehow get both lads scoring goals on a regular basis.
But from what Alan says, Demba Ba doesn’t seem to want to leave Tyneside, and of course it’s very important that he is loved at the club by the fans, which is certainly true, because that will help keep him on Tyneside.
Demba’s always seemed a very modest player, and when interviewed he comes across very well, but there’s also no doubt at the end of last season, he was really frustrated by his dry spell in front of goal.
If Newcastle can keep Demba Ba at Newcastle for next season, we’ll be in great shape, and hopefully that’s exactly what will happen, and there was also news yesterday that Newcastle are trying to get the 27 year-old to sign a new deal at the club, and that’s always a good sign too.
It would be great if in a week or so Newcastle announce Demba Ba has signed a new deal to stay at Newcastle - it would be like a new signing.