The big news this morning is with Demba Ba, and not only that he seems unhappy at Newcastle ()rather suddenly it seems), but his wage demands have shocked the Tyneside club, and Alan Pardew admitted yesterday that the release clause of £7M again kicks in once the January transfer window opens.
Oh no – we have to go through all of that stuff again in January?
Demba Ba – after scoring on Monday night
And with his agents making it clear that he is unhappy with Newcastle because he was benched on Monday night, it seems his agents are trying to clear the way for the Senagal striker to move in the January transfer window, and it seems Arsenal are the club most interested.
Of course we should point out that the agents will also get a big pay-day if Demba Ba does leave Newcastle for some other club and it seems they are already itching for the move to be made in January.
This is what Alan Pardew said yesterday in Madeira, where he is preparing the team for tonight’s Europa League game with Maritimo:
“I have spoken to Demba about his agent and told him I was disappointed with some of the comments around him.” “Sometimes it’s out of his control and out of my control.”
“But we know each other well enough, and I’ve got no problems with him, because he is a team player who wants to do his best for the team. He has always been like that.”
“The situation with him is ongoing in terms of his contract, as there is that clause in there and it makes us vulnerable. That’s where we are. It’s still open in the next window.”
“I just think the agent stuff was people saying things they shouldn’t say, really. It doesn’t really affect myself and Demba, because we’ve got a very good relationship.”
“‘The bottom line is that you have to get your players to play at their best, and sometimes there are different methods for doing that.” “If I’m honest, he gave me exactly what I wanted when he went on at Everton.”
“But I knew there would be a response from him. Sometimes you’ve got to be honest, and I don’t think he’s played particularly well. The same can be said of Papiss Cisse, so he might have to deal with missing out next time.”
The report in the Daily Mail is that Newcastle officials are dismayed with Ba’s new wage demands, and remember he’s already on around £50K/week at Newcastle at the moment, and asked whether Ba could leave Newcastle in the January window Alan Pardew said that’s possible.
This is bad news for Newcastle, that we may lose one of our best strikers in the January window, and that will hardly help our season.
But hey, if he wants to leave for more money – and that seems to be the case – this stuff about him being unhappy seems like a smokescreen put up by his agents – then Newcastle should let him go – it’s just a pity we will not be able to get the full value for him.
We stopped pampering to star player’s wage demands a few years ago, and we should not start that again.
If Demba Ba wants to get more money at Arsenal – he should leave – but it would be better if he could stay at least through the full season.
And this again shows the disruptive force of agents in football, and something will have to be done to quell the disruptive power they are having in football.
What do you think?
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