Alan Pardew has gone out of his way today to stress there is no personal problem between Newcastle’s top striker Demba Ba and himself, and that they on the contrary have a good relationship.
Demba Ba – more of the same come January – oh no!
But it seems that the agents who are said to represent the striker will again try to ramp up interest in their client before the January transfer window rolls around, when some release clause in his contract becomes active again.
And we are assuming it’s that same one for £7M, which means the player himself gets about half the money and the agents get most of the rest of it – with very little going to Newcastle.
How this kind of thing can be allowed to go on is beyond belief, and there has to be something wrong with agents able to cause so much disruption at football clubs.
Some rules need to be put in place to stop agents from causing unrest among players as they try to find them new clubs – so they’ll get paid – and Demba Ba and Newcastle are exhibit number one.
How did we ever get ourselves into this mess?
This is what Alan had this to say about Demba Ba today:
“The situation is ongoing with him and his contract.” “I’ve got no problems with Demba. He’s a key player – trust me.” “He’s a team player and that’s why I signed him.”
“He’ll always be like that.” “I have spoke to him and he’s fine.” “Some of the comments said by him are out of his control and out of my control.” “We know each other well enough.”
“We haven’t a big pool of strikers. But we have a quality group.” “We have Demba, Papiss, Shola and Sammy and Haris. That is our group.” “Shola has a chance to stake his claim – he has looked terrific in training.”
“We have young Campbell and it is a great opportunity for him to travel and get a piece of it.”
It’s a good opportunity tonight for Shola to show what he can do for the club, and also for some of our top youngsters who are likely to get a game, including James Tavernier, Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic, Mehdi Abeid and maybe even 17 year-old Adam Campbell.
We’re looking for the win tonight – we need something to cheer us up.
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