Demba Ba Thinking Of Leaving Newcastle


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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231 comments so far

  • spitfire_

    Sep 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #1

    His agent speaks no sense whatsoever. Besides no one is bigger than the club… if he wants to be “my way or highway”… then highway to him… and his two leeches the brother and his agent.

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  • ballerfan2

    Sep 18, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Wow, the media as you would expect have really pounced on this. Any excuse to destabilise their favourite fall guys NUFC. Pardew needs to sort it – NOW.

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  • toonLYF

    Sep 18, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #3

    If Ba sacked his agent it would be like a new signing.

    In all seriousness, if Demba really does want to leave…See ya’ later Demba, godspeed and cheers for the goals but he is fairly easily replaceable, unlike Colo/Arfa/Krul. I would not lose any sleep if packed his bags in January.

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  • magfly

    Sep 18, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Well Ba has a point he was put on the left when he was the in form striker to accommodate Cisse after the ACON.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 18, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #5

    I am not so worried about Ba to be honest, he stayed for a reason 🙂

    But it is not the first time his agent (at least one of them) talks over his head. Ba need to sort out his house!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 18, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #6

    I never believe a word from an Agent, they are only thinking about the £££! This is no different. Do I think Ba has been happy? Well, from what he said last night it’s pretty clear he’s not delighted, however, that doesn’t make what his agent said the full truth. He’s not going to play every game, it’s ridiculous. He’s not started one game (Incidentally, I believe Ba should have started as he has played better so far this season) and Pardew hasn’t played him on the left after Ba has said he didn’t want to, exactly why would he still be p*ss*d?

    Anyway, I imagine Pardew is aware of what has been said and will sit down with wor Demba over a glass of strawberry syrup and work it all out. He is a great striker and I’d love him to stay around for a while, but as has been said already, no player is bigger than the club. He can be unhappy with the club for things, absolutely, and if plays like he did in that second half every time he pulls on a Newcastle shirt then I’ll support him all the way, even if he did decide to leave, that is his decision, but whilst he’s playing for the toon he needs to keep his head down and keep on (and keep his agent’s mouth shut).

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  • estechco

    Sep 18, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #7

    I think his tweet is all we need to consider.

    Ignore his ‘supposed’ agents and the various other parasites who seek to either leech off him or to destabilise us with garbage journalism.

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  • JDdubai

    Sep 18, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #8

    All the agent said was if he was a substitute all season that they would look for other options. Surely if he was substitute all season then we dont need him so we would be happy for him to go.

    All blown out of proportion to make headlines, Ed hasnt helped with his headline either.

    Just shows how much of a dick his agent is, 1 game on the bench and he has to release this statement….my god we have 3 games this week, everyone will be rested at some point.

    Also I think shola is a better partner for both the Senegal boys. Still loving that wonder-chest down for Ba’s 2nd..

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  • lee1892

    Sep 18, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Haha so all of a sudden because Demba scored 2 he is a world beater again according to his agent…. He must have a short memory – no-one wanted Demba for a mere 7m in the summer. If he plays well he’ll start, if he doesnt he’ll get splinters in his arse like any other player. Cisse has been terrible this season too like. He has missed some chances!

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  • walton1984

    Sep 18, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #10

    If he countiues too be a sub…. he has only played one game on bench!!!!!!

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  • weg

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Lets not panic or get up in a tizzy about this! This just sounds to me that his representative or whatever is just looking for the slightest thing to fashion a possible move, resulting in a percentage for himself. Maybe a better contract for Demba Ba thus more money for himself too! Until we know that Ba is kicking up a stink, lets give him the benefit of the doubt. This will just be from his frustration at not playing from the start last night and from his being squeezed out to the left when playing 433!
    I dont think much will come of this personally!

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  • Ashton

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #12

    This just proves everything I have been saying. That the only reason we changed our 433 last season was because of Ba and that Pardew is gutless in a sense he placed the need and happiness of one player above the team. Do you understand now why we play 442??????

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #13

    For people worrying about Cisse just chill. Its not as if the lad is not getting chances he has just been unlucky. He nearly scored against Spurs, Missed a free header against Chelsea, should have scored against villa and could have bagged another 2 last night and could have 5 goals already with relatively poor service.

    Also agents are the scum of the Earth like. They would sell their granny if it meant they could get a few extra quid out of a transfer.

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  • veto

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #14

    after one game on the bench ?
    i did say yesterday tho that ba should be picked ahead of cisse if he’s scoring and papis isnt .
    the guy in form should get the start , either way tho this is bad crack from ba’s agaent after just 4 matches , ba’s only started as sub once .
    but yeah rotate ba and papis

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Ibiza…my fellow NUFC support and worthy opponent in fantasy football 😉

    Have you been on premierleague.com lately 😉

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #16

    How about Ba and Cisse put their petty rivalry aside, which is the root of all this nonsense; always evident when they’re playing as a 2 and is detrimental to both of them, no more illustrated by when they were literally jostling over a cross against Villa, on the penalty spot, with no Villa player within 5 yards of them.

    Kind of ironic how this is panning out, given how Ba was raving about Cisse prior to us signing him. Did he not envision this could come about, with extra games, having someone like HBA in the team who also does his best work in advanced positions?

    Always thought there was a tinge of jealousy there, when Cisse started getting the limelight last season.

    Together, go and watch some footage of Yorke and Cole. Study how when working in tandem and driven by less selfishness, you will both blossom in a partnership, can share the plaudits and become synonymous like those 2, helping your team reach a new level.

    If not, then somebody is going to have to explain to them in no uncertain terms, that they will be rotated and if either one doesn’t like it, they can lump it – no divas permitted in these parts.

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  • rossrich

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #17

    Forgetting the fact his “agent” is talking shite, they should really not be allowed to give comments on footballing matters. WTF does he know. Mr Ba should tell him to STFU or give him the black bag.

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  • Carryingcoals

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Demba Ba has a notoriously conniving agent. Pardew picks the team and knows best. Ba and Cisse upfront in 4-4-2 doesn’t work.

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  • Ashton

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #19

    Every Pardew nuthugger should read this article and know that the only reason we changed the 433 in the last three games of last season was to keep Ba happy. Is that the sign of a great manager? compromising 4th place to make the horrifically out form Ba feel good about himself.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Jesper….Ermmm…nope. Is it bad news? Have I been kicked out the league yet for my…ahem…amazing management skills? 🙂

    Ruddy….There doesn’t seem to be much enjoyment between the two of them, which is frankly odd. Neither really come off as arrogant, but perhaps they hide it well and want all the headlines. I don’t know. I would hope they’ve been working on stuff together, trying to improve the partnership. They’re both wonderful strikers and would be devastating if they can work well together as a two manned strike force.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Ibiza…no, but I think we both need to man up 😉 …haven’t you heard that one before lol

    Ohh and it is Ruddy Jiz just so you know it!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Ashton….Well, that is an assumption, isn’t it? Perhaps a likely one, but still, maybe we should go with the idea that Pardew took a team, tipped for a relegation battle and managed to get them to 5th in the Premier League and subsequently Europe. I’m pretty sure he picked up some manager of the year award too.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #23

    Jesper….Oh goody, nothing better than chatting with Jiz 😉

    Man up? I don’t think i’m familiar with that to be honest. Oh alright, time to get serious. Who’s winning out of us so far?

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  • WWYCD

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Which one of Ba’s ‘agents’ is this then? One of the ones hes never heard of no doubt

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Yo….Long time no see, been getting some therapy mate? 🙂 Very true on the agent comment. Pretty sure we went through this recently with one of his “agents”.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #26

    Ibiza…so far I am leasing with 12 points or something. Nothing to talk about really 🙁

    I even forgot to bench Krul 🙂 God I am worthless lol

    I masterminded you by switching Cisse for Ba 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Yo…just wanted to say Yo 😉

    …where have you been locked up the past….how long has it been? 😀

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Jesper…I left Krul in mine as well. Oh well, my relegation battle will be better with you around.

    12 points, that’s nothing, some may say peanuts.

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  • WWYCD

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #29

    Ibiza
    Tried that therapy stuff lad didnt stick so am same old me 😀 mores the pity eh

    Aye over the summer there was around 20 trying to get a pay day off the back of Ba and he publically stated he had no idea who half of them were

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Ibiza…so apparantly I am leasing 12 points now 🙁 hmm…gonna bite me later I think lol

    *should have daid leading as you probably have figured out B-)

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #31

    off topic, but if Santon could play like he did last night in more games, then I’d be extremely excited! Other than Ba, he was our best player #class!

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  • WWYCD

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #32

    jesper
    Haha just been keeping my head down mate had a few things going on and everytime I popped on here to have a look what the crack was I just got annoyed with foolish opinions and no NUFC news

    Game last night brought back my love though haha

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Yo….If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I suppose after him robbing Everton last night, it was only right the press jump on it. Nothing like a bit of drama.

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  • Ashton

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Ibizatoon

    It’s a fact and not an assumption. Ba refused to shake his managers hand after being replaced and went straight down the tunnel and instead of dropping him for being in a horrific form and disrespecting him, Pardew changes our whole system/formation in order to accommodate Ba. It didn’t work and Ba was as awful in a central role as he was on the left and we lost three games in a row and lost the 4th spot.

    Most people will call me deluded and crazy but that top four finish was ours and we lost it because of Pardews idiotic decision to change our formation.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Yo…good to have you back 🙂

    …mind you everything is back to normal (if there ever was such thing) lol

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  • WWYCD

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Ibiza
    Exactly my friend haha

    And ur right there Ba stole 2 points from Everton last night ref was pathetic on multiple counts

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Jesper…..Hmmm…8 points, but 56 places to catch. Not looking good.

    Magpies…..I’m really excited for him. It’s easy to forget how young he still is. Still time to improve and already a talented kid.

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  • WWYCD

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #38

    jesper
    Cheers mate 😉 and I hope so

    I should be off to see our young guns playing in a u21 derby match tonight so I will aim to drop in some minor reports…if I stay sober enough to do so

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #39

    Yo…we will be looking forward to that 😀

    …and enjoy the game.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #40

    Well Well Well!!What a great advert for the Premier League that game was last night had everything but a sending off which Everton could have had Phil Neville off and Felliani for swinging a punch at Williamson!!

    I know we are missing Tiote but i think we are really missing Guthrie this season as Mr T or Cabaye will be injured or out of form at some point and Guthrie was able to slot in perfect last year and was quite all action which allowed us to put teams under pressure Perch provided that level of pressure in the 2nd half and his chipped pass for Cisse was lovely

    Some thoughts on the game 442 can work with the right players on the right sides of the pitch Gary Neville was going on about the Pienarr and Baines partnership which is excellent well Santon and Arfa together could be just as good as the 2 of them kept Everton pegged back and were solid at the back for the 2nd half also it was never a free kick that led to the headed disallowed goal anyway!!

    Also having 2 right footed players on the right worked as well in the 2nd half Anita should now be our RB with either Jonas or Obertan bombing down the wings and putting crosses in

    Ba and Cisse CAN work in a partnership if Ba plays like that from the start of a game as he was unplayable when he came on and Cisse needs to work a bit harder as he does not move about enough yet although he might not be 100% fit yet

    Seem to remember last season we were out of form and then beat Norwich at home which started the winning run and the great goals could it be the same on Sunday?

    Europa team on thursday

    Harper
    Tav RB
    Good CB
    Perch CB
    Ferguson LB
    Obertan RW
    Bigi DM
    Amalfition AM
    Marveux AM
    Sammi LW
    Shola CF

    Would allow us to control the midfield and have Shola hold up the ball and set his brother up for the winner!!!

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