It seems to us that a mountain is being made out of a molehill today by Demba Ba’s representative, with the rather strange statement that if Demba Ba continues to be a substitute, then he will look to leave Newcastle.
Demba Ba – very popular on Tyneside
But this is unfair, and Ba was a substitute last night, and yes, that was a complete shock to most of us, but you can also overreact to the situation.
This is what his agent Alex Gontran is quoted as saying today, following last night’s draw against Everton, when Demba Ba was our man of the Match with two great goals and 74% of the vote:
“Since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations, Demba doesn’t understand the management.” “If he continues to be a substitute all season, we’ll look at other solutions.” “Demba is happy at Newcastle.”
“He is playing in the Premier League, with lot of fellow French speakers and he loves the club’s supporters.” “He would like to start every game but he respects the choice of the coach, even if he does not always understand or agree.”
“How could you put your best striker with full confidence on the left wing? The choice to put Demba on the left last season was good for the club, because Cisse scored 13 goals.”
“But there was a lack of recognition for Demba. It is more difficult to play well when you don’t have the confidence of your staff.”
Demba Ba is a good player and he has a good future at Newcastle but it could be that Alan Pardew may be finding it hard to fit in the two strikers, so they help each other’s play, and help each other score goals.
So far this season Ba has three goals and Papiss has yet to get off the mark.
But it’s far too early to talk about Demba Ba leaving Newcastle, and after all he was the hero last night – and he reacted as he should of to being benched – by showing Alan pardew what he can do.
Ba’s a great player and we shouldn’t even mention him leaving Tyneside.
And it doesn’t seem like Demba is too worried about things as he tweeted this late last night from his Twitter account:
“Good night people. So proud for that 1,000th goal. I’m not a legend like people say, but nufc is a legendary club!!!”
Demba’s first goal – which was a beauty – was Newcastle’s 1,000th goal in the Premier League, and the Senegal striker seems happy enough.
But we all know what agents are like – and they get paid when their clients move on and get new contracts – so it could well be (yet) another case of an agent stirring it up again.
But it is a challenge for Alan Pardew’s man management skills, and he shown since he’s been at Newcastle they are excellent, and he can usually keep players happy at the club – we hope he can keep the big man happy.
What do you think?
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