Ba’s Scoring Secret – Pardew Worried He’ll Lose Top Players

Demba Ba was back to his scoring ways again on Saturday, when he put Newcastle ahead in the 53rd minute with a tremendous goal, and although Spurs equalized through Defoe on 76 minutes, Ben Arfa produced some of his brilliance four minutes later, to earn a penalty which he converted, and that helped Newcastle win that first tough league game 2-1, after the Magpies had been second best to Spurs in the first half.

Demba Ba shows perfect technique as he rifles home Newcastle’s first goal

But in the interviews he;s had since then Demba Ba has stressed that he isn’t bent out of shape if he doesn’t score goals, and there’s more to his game than just scoring goals.

Ba was interviewed in The Sun today and has this to say:

“I was OK going so long without scoring. Ask the other players. They will tell you I am not just looking for goals.”  “You just have to carry on doing your work and it will come back.”

“I spent a lot of time after games, watching them again and analysing them, seeing what I had to do to change the bad stuff and that is why I am back scoring.”

It was a brilliant piece of skill from Ba, as he expertly brought the ball down from Walker’s attempted headed clearance from an incoming right wing cross, and in one movement the Senegal striker guided the ball into the back of the net with his right foot, just inside the far post, to give American goalkeeper Brad Freidel no chance at all.

It’s a big relief for the club that Demba Ba is still on Tyneside after that £7M release clause in his contract ran out at the beginning of the month, and while he could still leave the club this summer, it will be on Mike Ashley’s terms, and the Newcastle owner will want big big money for his top players.

But Alan Pardew is still worried in case he loses some of his top stars, and there was news yesterday that Chelsea and Manchester United may be readying bids for Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye respectively.

This is what Alan Pardew told The Sun:

“I worry about losing all my players because we’re not Manchester United or Manchester City. We’re always vulnerable.”  “I’m looking forward to September 1 now because by then we’ll all know where we are.”

But it will cost both those clubs a lot of money if they are to persuade Newcastle to sell two of their best players.

We’ll be happy enough when September 1st rolls around and we have lost none of our top players, and who knows,  we could even be able to get a couple of top players through the door by then.

Take your choice between Mathieu Debuchy, Erik Pieters, Andy Carroll and Loic Remy of Marseilles.

Any two of those four would really help improve the Newcastle squad.

What do you think?

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67 comments so far

  • woody92

    Aug 20, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #1

    I hope we get to keep everyone got a feeling this will be a great season for us!

  • microbar

    Aug 20, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Non out and two more top signings in and we will have a great season.


    Aug 20, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Would love another versatile defender and a winger/striker, ideally yanga-m’biwa and remy would be perfect

  • AmericanGeordie

    Aug 20, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #4

    I’ll take Debuchy for £7M. (I’m willing to pay up a little because we need an attack minded right FB to play the 4-3-3 with two holding midfielders (Anita & Tiote).

    I for one would welcome Carroll back. But, only for £10-12M, and on about 50,000/week (or whatever Cisse & Ba are on, no more). ONLY Carroll himself can make this deal happen because he would have to accept a substantial pay cut for the privilege to return to the Toon. If he would ONLY accept the pay cut to play for us, Liverpool would cave in on the transfer fee because they need to get his £90,000/week off their books.

  • toonydoonunder

    Aug 20, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Anyone see the report about that Pirate at west ham saying that they still owe Sheff Utd 10 mill over the tevez saga ,surely the FA needs to step in here and put a transfer embargo on them until that is paid how can they stick in multi million pound deals for AC whilst owing a championship club what could amount to there ultimate survival.

  • toonydoonunder

    Aug 20, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Is it me or does Papiss only have two forms of play Shit hot or just Shit! I’m not sure why he took off Demba Ba over Cisse on saturday as cisse was bloody awful ,we defo need a back up striker Rhodes would be worth a shot for 5 or 6 mill

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 20, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #7

    I doubt we’ll get more than 2 more signings. Debuchy and Douglas now. In January we go for Remy.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 20, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #8

    @ Toonydoon

    He had barely any service tbh like. He cant score 30 yard screamers all the time you know, or can he :).

    Plus he he had probably our best chance other than Ba’s goal


    Aug 20, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #9

    cisse is dew a goal ..hope he scores against chelsea


    Aug 20, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Ultimately lads every pundit(sky sports bbc) talk about this great partnership between BA and cisse but do they play better in the same side????if we play 2 wingers and 3 in the middle the chosen striker will have much more scoring opportunities????against smaller teams both can play but against Chelsea think we should go:
    Cisse looked tired to me on Saturday but bring him on if we need one??????


    Aug 20, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Iif we play 2 wingers and 3 in the middle the chosen striker will have much more scoring opportunities????against smaller teams both can play but against Chelsea think we should go:
    Cisse looked tired to me on Saturday but bring him on if we need one??????


    Aug 20, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #12


  • sks_toon

    Aug 20, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Douglas would help us too, still hoping for that elusive CB signing, although I am pretty much resigned to the fact we wont get one unfortunately.


    Aug 20, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #14

    MATEO MUSACCHIO playin in Spanish league 2 nxt year.Worth a punt??Laudrup has said in a few interviews there is great value in Spain cos of recession!!!3-5mil wud get him???

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Aug 20, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    Comment #15

    Great to see Ba score, but still think we need to play 4-3-3/ 4-5-1/ 4-2-3-1 (however you see it, they’re all effectively the same formation) rather than 4-4-2.

    We look twice the side when not playing 4-4-2!!

  • Zebras4Life

    Aug 20, 2012 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Hope MA doesn’t sell. If he does we better bring in at least 2 £10M players. B/C the guys being mentioned should be in that ball park.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 20, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    Comment #17

    @gonufc (up and Hatem) // Aug 20, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    We should stay clear of 442. We were terrible.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 20, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    Comment #18

    But i think Hazard will destroy either of our fullbacks. Santon is poor defensive and Simpson positional aspect is still improving and is suspect. We definitely need atleast 1 accomplished fullback in.

  • Marty-Toon

    Aug 20, 2012 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #19

    If we sell Cabaye or Tiote or even both the we will have at the very least 20 mill maybe 40 mill as MA won’t sell either cheap.
    That’ll be enough to strengthen or to buy suitable replacement from Carrs list of goodies

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 20, 2012 at 5:54 AM

    Comment #20

    i just watched Ba’s goal against Spurs again. I just thank god we didn’t lose him. And most of us were actually OK with selling him. That technique to score a goal from that angle and distance with 2 defenders across the goal to curl it into the far corner, is quite special.

    Not many in the league can do that. Absolute beast of a strike. Ba and Cisse. Phew! Hold on to them at ALL COST. Ba is going to be vital if we are aiming for Europe again.

  • Toon73

    Aug 20, 2012 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #21

    @19 Marty Toon

    Can’t see Tiote and Cabaye going this window. Ludicrous.


    Aug 20, 2012 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #22

    Hope Ba and Cheick stay!

    Big offers will be tempting for Ashley though.

    Only sell them for “Stupid Money ”

    I have the same worries as Pardew!

  • magpiebop

    Aug 20, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #23

    M’Biwa fits the profile of a Newcastle United signing.

  • magpiebop

    Aug 20, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #24

    @18 but they done alright against Bale and Spurs right?

  • HullMag6

    Aug 20, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #25

    If an aj deal is on…
    Come in number 7.
    And i’ll say it again get carroll, rodgers doesn’t want him it was obvious even on motd. We can use him, keep him up to speed for england and woy.


    3 from 5 is a happy window imo.

  • Szarka

    Aug 20, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #26

    Chelsea wont buy any more midfielders, while MU may only need one midfielder.

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 20, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #27


    chelsea are after victor moses

    only way a see them comin in for tiote is if that deal falls through, even then moses is only about 10 million so i think theyd rather up their offer for him than pay the 25 million plus for tiote

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Aug 20, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #28

    Oh god no. Not this Andy Carroll Nonsense again. =.=
    The lad is woefully out of form, and has been for just over a season now. His recent form does not justify his value.

    You don’t spend 10+ Million for a player with “Potential”, unless your a club that doesn’t care how big their debt is. With the amount of money rumoured to be Carroll’s value, you’d expect to be getting a player in good form or the finished article. Not some long haired kid with “Potential” and has shown less then an hour of good form since he left us for money. (Yes less then an hour of good form, is a slight exaggeration. But you get my point).

    If Carroll can get his form back, score goals on a consistent basis, then fine. Spend that kind of money, but at this moment of time. He is simply not worth the asking price.


    Any news on Marveux?
    Got a bad feeling about Pardew’s punishment….

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Aug 20, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #29


    Not worried about Ba.
    Nobody came in for him with his reported clause. Can’t see anyone going to offer more then 7-8mill (same as his clause?) for him now, and if they did they would look like a bunch of fools because,

    1. Highly doubt we would sell the cheap.
    2. If they offered more, they would look like mugs for not snatching the opportunity before his clause ended.

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Aug 20, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #30

    What I meant to say was, No one signed him.

    I now there was interest from turkey.

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Aug 20, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #31


  • nufcdan26

    Aug 20, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #32

    We will not sign Johnson, other priorities + we have

  • HullMag6

    Aug 20, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #33

    Valci hinted that Remy might be a bit like ranger but with better footballing talent in other words a bit of a gangsta. If so I’d avoid imo.

  • nufcdan26

    Aug 20, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #34

    As great of a signing it would be we will not sign Johnson,too expensive, other priorities + we have

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Aug 20, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #35

    AC thinks hes a sort of gangster aswell so stay clear of him with the 3 we have and give campbell some chances that will do, we need defenders FACT

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 20, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #36

    would love us to go for johnson

    but it wont happen, we dont really need him

    id love him for the fact that hes english and a toon fan but we wont pay that money for him when he wouldnt exactly walk into our starting line up

    dont wanna see him go to sunderland like think hel be too good for them 🙁

  • NUFCWill1986

    Aug 20, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #37

    The problem we have is that price tags mean nothing to manure, chelski or shi+ty. If chelski are willing to spend 10mil on Moses, Man u 20mil on the lad that went to PSG etc etc, 20mil for Tiote or Cabaye and they’re gone. proven premier league players, Less gamble

  • HullMag6

    Aug 20, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #38


    Ben Arfa is the only one on your list that would be a automatic selection.

    Jonas – love him, does his shift only one problem – his pace or lack of it now.

    Obertan – confidence issues, can run and run but no end product.

    Marveaux – recovering from injury, serious potential

    Sammy – injured, inexperienced.

    A player of aj’s talent would be an investment of intent. And perchino/anita, if we got carroll away from the bindippers he’d immediately improve as our fluid tactical system works whilst brendans tiki taka system is killing the lads career/potential.


    Aug 20, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #39

    I have a feeling in my water that another signing is gonna be made in the next few days and it will be for someone whose name has not been bandied around on here!

    Look at Manure with Butttner from Arnhem Vitesse! No- one saw that one coming, the difference is that their targets and those of the other so-called Top don,t get taled about here!

    Who or where this mystery signing comes from is for the club to know and for us to speculate on! Huntelaar anyone?


    Aug 20, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #40

    For taled read “Talked”!


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