We had reported yesterday on the comments made by Demba Ba’s agent Alex Gontran, which basically said that if his client Demba Ba continued to be a substitute at Newcastle, then they would look at other solutions.
Demba Ba – I have not been so happy with some things
We basically put that down to agents stirring up trouble again, and trying to get Ba to another club so the agent himself could cash in and get paid on the deal – they think that’s their job.
But it seems the outburst by Gontran has also been accompanied by a statement from the player himself, and news today in the Daily Express that Alan Pardew is a little livid about the comments.
This is what Demba Ba said after the game, in which he scored the 1,000th goal in the Premier League for Newcastle United:
“I was very determined because lately I have not been so happy with some things that have been going on. When I got my boots on, I couldn’t wait.”
His agent, Alex Gontran, would be well advised to cool things a little, because however good a player is, they are not going to play every game, and yes – egos get ruffled when a player is benched.
But it happens at the big clubs, and with Newcastle moving back into the big time, the team has to be the all important thing and not any one single player, and Alan Pardew has stressed that point ever since he arrived on Tyneside.
And it’s not how things used to be at Newcastle in the past.
We’ll have to see how this story develops, but it could be that Demba Ba is fined for his comments, but we hope this thing doesn’t blow up out of proportion, and that Alan Pardew can handle the problem quickly and quietly, and behind closed doors.
There’s no reason why Demba Ba will not be starting on Sunday against Norwich City, and either Papiss or Demba will start tomorrow night in Madeira against Maritimo in the Europa League.
Let’s keep the team spirit strong at Newcastle – after all it got us a great point on Monday night at Goodison Park.
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