Patrick Kluivert was one of those who was over the hill when Newcastle Chairman Fredddy Shepherd brought him into the club in the summer of 2004 on a one year deal, that was very lucrative for the striker but nor for Newcastle, and the news at the time was that then manager Bobby Robson didn’t even know the former great Netherlands striker was even coming to Tyneside.
Partrick Kluivert at Newcastle in late 2004
That strip is not unlike the one we have today – mostly white
But that all ended for Bobby in late August of 2004, after a 4-2 loss at Aston Villa, when he had started Kluivert in place of Alan Shearer, and after a so-so start to the season (2 draws in our first four league games), Freddy Shepherd sacked the great one.
Patrick has come out today and told BBC Sport that Demba Ba should stay at Newcastle, but only for this season and maybe look for another club in the summer.
Not exactly what we wanted to hear, but we suppose it’s better than saying he should leave Newcastle as soon as he can in January.
This is what the former Netherlands’ great had to say today:
“Stick with your club and, if you do well for another year, you can look to another club.” “Ba did a great job and scored a lot of great goals last year. It is very easy to say after he had a good year with Newcastle that he wants to leave.”
“He’s a great striker and I bet a lot of clubs want him and that’s probably why his agent said that.” “I think Pardew knows another big club are after his player so for a manager at Newcastle, it’s not an easy job.”
“He has to convince the player that he is a very important for the team and not to say directly that he wants to leave.” “It’s not a good thing for a manager to say that in public.”
Even though Kluivert was well past his best when he arrived at Newcastle, although he had only just turned 28 in July of 2004, and still managed to score 13 goals in 37 appearances for the side in that one season on Tyneside – which is not too bad a record.
And in his career – he was a fantastic striker when he was younger – he still manged 200 goals in 468 total appearances in his career, which he started at Ajax, and played for Milan and Barcelona before arriving on Tyneside.
After leaving Newcastle he went on to play for Valencia, PSV and Lille, but he was only half the player he was later in his career.
His faltering career as he go older is not unlike that of Michael Owen, who become half the player he used to be in his mid to late 20s.
At Ajax Kluivert hit 50 goals in 97 appearances and while at Barca he scored 120 goals in 255 appearances.
We hope Demba Ba stays on Tyneside, but not only that, but we are hoping he can sign a new deal at Newcastle before January – and put an end to all the speculation about him leaving the club.
What do you think?
Here’s Demba’s twitter account if you want to ask him to stay.
Comments always welcome.
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