Demba Ba Has Looked Terrific In Pre-Season


One good piece of news this week for Newcastle fans, was that Demba Ba is still at the club, and did not move away from Tyneside via that £7M release clause in his contract, so that’s a big relief.

Demba Ba – in action against Braga last Saturday

Demba Ba has looked very sharp in pre-season, even with Ramadan having started, and we should see the Senegal striker start the game today at Den Haag in Holland.

And it seems that Alan Pardew had few doubts he would still be here, and we have to believe the manager had a good talk with the player when he reported for pre-season training in early July, and that the Senegal man told Alan he had no wish to leave Newcastle.

Certainly that’s what Ba told anybody who would listen in the summer, but we still had reports about him possibly moving to other clubs in England, Turkey and even Russia.

It’s a relief that little saga is over, and it started in January when Harry Redknapp told everybody about the release clause, and why he did that we have no idea, but he’s now out of his job at Tottenham and Roy Hodgson is the new England manager – so harry’s in limbo at the moment.

Alan Pardew has told Ba that he will generally play him up front in the center next season, and that will be in a 4-4-2 formation or some slight variation of that, but we’ll have two strikers up front and his partner will be Papiss Cisse, and we’re hoping they will form a good partnership together.

This is what Alan told the Newcastle Journal today about the Demba Ba affair:

“I never really lost any sleep over it. I genuinely felt that Demba likes playing for this football club and it suits him.”  “It certainly suits us – he looks terrific in pre-season and I’m looking forward to seeing him run out against Spurs, hopefully.”

“I think, like all strikers, they breed on goals. It’s nice to see him getting the goal the other night because strikers need goals. Goals make different players and I wouldn’t put it past Demba to get 18 goals before Christmas. I know he will score goals, as I know Papiss Cissé will.”

We still need another striker before September rolls around,  and that could be Andy Carroll or Loic Remy of Marseilles, but we do need a fourth striker to back up Cisse, Ba and Shola  Amoebi for next season.

And come to think of it, we also need a right back and center-back too.

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55 comments so far

  • pbNcl

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Glad he’s still here like, he’ll be like a new signing. Oh dear

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  • kilcline

    Aug 4, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #2

    We should go for Guidetti

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  • WWYCD

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    I will be very glad if Ba is still here come Sept great player and seems to of proven me wrong in regurds to him being a merc (for now)

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  • rich_toonfan

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Not seen anything of guidetti other than a highlights package on YouTube so can’t say much.

    I just think at the age of 20 if he was a world beater he would be in city’s first team squad. He is a year younger than ballotelli but a long way down the pecking order.

    Not to say he wouldn’t do a job for us but have to ask why he isn’t getting even considered by city.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Wwycd

    I still think Ba is only here as he hasn’t had a better offer.

    I don’t think it’s all about money with him, Otis also about prestige.

    He spat his dummy out to get to west ham, but I suppose he wanted to play in a better/bigger league.

    Can understand more when a player demands a move for footballing reasons more than just money. But also can’t blame somebody for wanting to maximise their earnings.

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  • english yeoman

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6

    VDW or Debuchy – 6m
    Douglas – 5m
    Anita – 8m
    Guidietti – 5m

    24m – Do we have this to spend? If not we need to reign in our transfer expectations or set yourself up for some dissapointment…

    We only really need the defensive 2 as we do have cover in midfield and upfront – not perhaps the 1st teamers you crave but cover all the same.

    It’s all about priorities.

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  • colwell

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Its very obvious to everyone where we need to bolster, with all the extra games to play there is no way Pards is happy with the amount of players at his disposal.

    Arsenal and Chelsea have made great signings and with the 2 Manchester clubs will be in the top 4.

    Spurs are our main rival and have only bought in 2 players so far. We only have 3 strikers they have 2 that are no where near Ba and Cisse’s standard. Its not all bad 2 classy players along with our youth team will give us astrong squad and hopefully a trophy!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Spitfire? Really you cant think of any 18 yr old CMs to have played in the prem?

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  • Spuggy

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Thing is we don’t really know what the budget is this window and how much or the supposed Carroll money is left following Cisse.

    If it went on wages too then we’ve spent it all. We are never going to throw a lot of money around. I expect no more than £15m max to be spent.

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  • WWYCD

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Rich
    See I don’t know anymore I reckon other teams have offered him more money than we have because he is such a good player and on a very cheap transfer it would be daft if someone hasent tried to tempt him

    I honestly think he likes playing for Newcastle and we know he loves the fans (can tell every time he plays at St James)

    I imagine money is a big deal, it is for everyone, but maybe he is happy so doesn’t mind so much? Who knows

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  • Spuggy

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #11

    If we can somehow find the magic formula to get Ba and Cisse in amongst the goals we could have an incredible season.

    Not sure how Pards intends to play Ba through the middle in 90% of his games unless he rotates. Otherwise it’s 442.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #12

    I think the club has separate budgets for wages and transfers.

    Don’t think they get 35 million of Carroll and say so much for wages and so much for transfers.

    Think they look at money as a whole. Money from transfers, rv rights, merchandise etc then split it into different areas to spend.

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  • Spuggy

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #13

    @rich

    They always alluded to the fact that the 35m would be spent on fees AND wages.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #14

    Wwycd

    Agree with your post really. If some key offered him 250k a week he would be off.

    Same as all players, it’s a balance between income and what level you want to play.

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  • Spuggy

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #15

    What does everyone think about the following to get Ba and Cisse in the middle…

    ……………..Tiote…………..Cabaye……………..

    ..Arfa…………………Ba………………….Marv…

    ……………………….Cisse…………………………..

    Ba can hold the ball up well for Cabaye to get forward with Tiote covering. It probably sacrifices too much of Cabaye’s forward play. Worth a try though.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #16

    Spuggy

    Yeh they did but they can’t just spend that 35 million to cover all transfers and wages.

    Wage money will come from other areas too, same as transfer money. What else would tv and sponsorship money be spent on.

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  • geordie157

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #17

    Get Matty Phillips in 2-3mill, adds pace, can play on both wings or on the of front three. And it leaves more cash to splash on rb and cb.

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  • pardews plan B

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #18

    @colwell spurs really need a recognised striker as they only have defoe. Unless they plan on playing sigurdsson up front

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #19

    Anybody who would settle for what we currently have is effin crazy.

    This transfer window is not only about strengthening, it is about pushing forward and trying to achieve more and most importantly it is about sending a message to our big players, the cisse’s, the tiote’s, the cabaye’s etc… that we are moving forward and have got a desire to compete.

    If we fail to strengthen what message does that send out?

    I for one will be fcuking furios if we don’t sign anyone and just make do.

    There was a fine line between 5th and much lower last season for us, let us not forget that, and we need to ensure that some of those weaknesses are eradicated.

    You guys shouldn’t settle for anything less than what is needed and expect more than what we have.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #20

    Matty phillips would be over twice that amount

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  • Crawfordladd17

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #21

    Sign
    Van Der Wiel £4m
    Douglas £5m
    Guidetti £5m and Sell
    Simpson £4m
    Ranger £1m
    That is all we need include the youth such as Tavenier Good Ameobi Abeid Vuckic Bigirimana and Ferguson

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  • Spuggy

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #22

    I think the likes of Willo, Raylor, Perch, Sammy, Obertan, Vuckic Raylor, Bigi and Abeid will play significant parts in the Europa early stages and some of the cup games.

    If we so sign Debuchy then you can add simpson to the list above.

    Big year for a lot of the young guns.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #23

    We were 17 points ahea did Liverpool in 7th

    That’s a big gap.

    To get better players than we already have we need to spend more than last year unless we buy young and develop.

    We can’t compete with Chelsea, city, man utd, arsenal, we just don’t have the money .

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  • geordie157

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #24

    Did Xisco or Ranger travel to Holland?

    It won’t be long until Shola picks up his standard injury, Sammy can play up front but we look really light depth wise up front and at centre back.

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  • bambams

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #25

    Had to buy voltarol to ease the pain in my neck I have spent that much time lately on laptop or bloody iPod ! Come on toon sign the players we need !

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  • geordie157

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #26

    random transfer target of the day, Emmanuel Riviere of Toulouse.

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  • pardews plan B

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #27

    @rich he’s that price on football manager mate so get your head out of your backside and look at the facts 😛

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  • Spuggy

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #28

    Beattie

    Woah steady on lad. Pards has said we’re in for a few top quality players that WILL take us forward (ie better than what we have). He is comfortable STARTING the season with what we have, then adding before the window ends.

    Chill people, it will happen. We may not get them all this window, a la Miaga v Cisse, but sometimes it’s worth the wait.

    We have a really exciting bunch of reserves coming through now.

    The priority for me is: CB, FB and striker. I think we could live without another CM until Jan or next season. Ideally we will sign all four positions but no guarentee’s.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #29

    I’m sorry.

    I should have checked football manager first before commenting.

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #30

    Can’t believe anyone is recommending van der wiel! You’ve obviously never seen him! Hes a terrible defensive player, been out of form for 2 seasons and has a bad attitude! If he’s available for 3m and Ajax are having to offer him around then there’s a reason for that!

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  • geordie157

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #31

    It’s Blackpool in the championship and even with british inflated transfer fees Matty Phillips is not going to cost 6mill. I think even 4mill is pushing it.

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #32

    @geordie157 Big fan of Riviere! Think itd take 7-8m tho, loved him at St Ettiene, can play left of a 3 too!

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  • pardews plan B

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #33

    @157 weren’t southampton in league 1 when they sold oxlade-chamberlain for loads? Granted that was exceptional but also jay rodriguez 6million. Think matty would be at least 4. Likely they’ll want 6.

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  • geordie157

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #34

    Sebastien Corcha will be our new right back.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #35

    Geordie

    The same way Southampton only charged over 10 million for walcott an chamberlain?

    They will want over 7 for him. He will not love for less than that. They don’t need to sell him cheap so why would they.

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  • pardews plan B

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #36

    @157 it is blackpool though. I suppose you don’t really see inflated fees for their players too often

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  • geordie157

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #37

    True, fair points there. The price paid for Rodriguez was a bit of a risk by Southampton, 1 decent season he’s had.

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #38

    Think Phillips would cost at least 6m! Didn’t Southampton just have to pay Burnley 7m for Rodriguez? Championship prices are ridiculous and usually not representative of the quality!

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #39

    Spuggy.

    I wasn’t attacking the lack of transfers just people who would settle for no further additions.

    I believe we will sign somebody but I don’t understand anyone who doesn’t mind either way.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 4, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #40

    Beattie25

    Spot on with post 19. I do admit though that patience ain’t my strongest points but i think we have waited long enough for a fist team signing. We keep being told the same dribble every so often. We hear “next week” nothing happens then we hear again “next week”. The fact that Debuchy, Anita and Carroll want to come to NUFC is a blessing as by now, we would have lost all 3 players to other club’s if this was not the case. As for Ajax offering Anita a new contract, it’s all mind games to get NUFC to hurry their backsides up. Ashley does seem reluctant to spend anything over 7 million quid on a player. Debuchy deal seems dead in the water but fingers crossed that is not the case.

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