There’s just 10 days to go before July fades away to a memory, and we are hoping that the release clause for £7M in Newcastle striker Demba Ba’s contract will run out then and not be activated, and that he will still be at the Tyneside club for another season.
Demba Ba shown on Monday night in bright new strip
He suits the strip – he should stay!
Alan Pardew has been very consistent over the last few months about his star striker, and he said he wants to keep the lad on Tyneside, and that he will play him up front and center, which is what Demba has asked for, so he will be in position to score goals (many goals) for Newcastle in the coming season.
Demba Ba has begun to observe the Ramadan holy month yesterday, in which he will fast as part of the holy month, so we’re not too sure how Alan will handle him this year during these 30 days or so, as he looked a bit weak last summer during the month of Ramadan.
The reports coming out of the Newcastle camp are that Ba has been more than positive, has trained hard, and is only making positive noises about staying on Tyneside, and we have to hope that no club comes in for him before a week on Wednesday – 1st August – when the release clause will run out – we hope the release clause will run out.
Alan has talked about his 27 year-old Senegal striker to the Evening Chronicle today:
“They have never been anything other if you speak to Demba.” “He’s always had the same feeling for the club. I think he understands that the fans love him here. He wants to repay that. By the same token we all have to make sure that everybody is happy here.”
“Demba wants to play in a central role.” “He wants to get himself chances to score goals.” “And I think that in 90% of the games next year that’s where he will play.”
Alan Pardew used a 4-3-3 system last season, and he had Ba play out on the left wing, but his goals dried up and his Senegal strike partner Papiss Cisse scored nearly all the goals with 13 goals in his first 14 appearances for the Magpies in that number 9 shirt.
But Demba played well out on the left wing, and of course as well as being a good goalscorer, he’s a very good technical player, and it’s hard to blame him for wanting to play in a position where he can score more goals.
That 90% figure is interesting, but we expect Alan to keep to his word and play 4-4-2 a lot next season, and have Cisse and Ba banging up the opposing defenses, maybe helped by Andy Carroll and of course Shola Ameobi, as the two alternate strikers.
But Ba, Cisse, Carroll and Ameobi could be an awesome foursome for Newcastle next season, with the emphasis on awesome.
We hope Demba Ba will stay on Tyneside, and we expect Demba Ba to stay on Tyneside – there’s nothing like being loved where you are playing your football.
And much credit has to go to the Newcastle fans who have warmly embraced and welcomed the fabulous Senegal striker since the 27 year-old arrived at the club – on a free transfer last summ.er
That’s just one of the things that makes Newcastle United a great club and a fantastic club to play for.
Howay the Lads!!