Demba Ba Situation Settles Down – Apologies To Pardew

We’re not sure that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew should have mentioned that there was some kind of release clause in Demba Ba’s contract last week after the Everton game, in which Newcastle somehow took a point away from Goodison Park, after looking so second best in that first half.

Demba Ba – things have calmed down a little

And Everton’s 3-0 win at Swansea yesterday makes that point look even better, as they were just too much for the Swans and were 2-0 up at the half before Swansea were reduced to 10 men, and it all became an easy victory for the Toffees.

We hope we’re not going to have the shenanigans in January that happened over the summer,  with Demba Ba’s representatives generating some news every week that some team was interested in him – we don’t know if we can take that again in January. 😀

And the good news today is that it seems that situation has settled down, and Alan Pardew has stuck to his guns and said that Demba ba has not been playing well this season, and neither has Papiss Cisse for that matter, but both will start against Norwich City today.

This is what Alan said:

“Demba hasn’t been playing well, he came on at Everton and proved what a great player he is, and he is a great player, but we all need to focus our minds on the job in hand.” “He’s an intelligent boy. Things have been said from within his camp which I think have been unfortunate.”

“We’ve had somewhat of an apology for that as well.”  “Make no mistake, he’ll start against Norwich. Him and Papiss Cissé will start. We need them back to their best because they haven’t been at their best until that second half at Everton when I thought, suddenly, ‘here we go’.”

“All teams go through periods when you’re not performing at your very best.” he added. “We’re kind of in that zone but picking up points.”

Ba’s brother, Hamady, had stirred things up on his Twitter account by tweeting this after the selection was made known:

“So Demba scored 17 goals since last year and Alan Pardew decided to put him on the bench today … I think this guy is crazy”

And it’s good that Ba has apologized to the Newcastle manager, and we hope something can be sorted out, and maybe Ba can sign a new deal on Tyneside?

The people surrounding Demba Ba, including whoever officially represents him,  have to settle down and be a lot more professional than they’ve been, and stop making this kind of news about Ba, and perhaps Demba should remind them all that they work for him – and it’s not the other way around.

The good thing here is that Demba Ba seems like a good guy, and he certainly likes things on Tyneside, and he should do his talking on the field of play.

Maybe a hat-trick  this afternoon against Norwich?

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14 comments so far

  • Jamesthefirst

    Sep 23, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #1

    BA and Cisse does not work as a partnership. BA ends up dropping deep to feed through balls to Cisse so he’s not in the box himself.

    To get the best out of BA you have to play him with Shola. Because Shola stays deeper and provides knock ons and flick ons for BA to run onto. As he did last week, and against Man Utd last season.

  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 23, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #2

    A hat trick would do nicely today.
    Hope to see Cisse playing better too.
    Ben Arfa is gonna scare them sh.tless today with his skill n pace

  • 89Norcal

    Sep 23, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #3


    Shola has shown better chemistry, but I’m not sure how much lumped forward, chested down passes we should rely on.

    I’d rather see Pardew workout the system with both Demba’s. I think Hatem is the key..let him roam in the CENTER and force the Dembas to push out within 18-22 yards but still be within striking distance.

    With Hatem’s creativity and talent he can either flick a great pass through or take it on himself. He IS the French Messi after all 🙂

  • Banjo

    Sep 23, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #4

    89Norcal, past experiences have shown Ben Arfa is much better when he’s on the wing rather than ‘in the hole’ in the number 10 position

  • Brutooon

    Sep 23, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #5

    just a suggestion, we can play Demba Ba and Cisse but

    let cisse dropped deep since cisse look more mobile of the two and keep Demba Ba as the MAIN Man?

  • dogrida

    Sep 23, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Got to play both dembas against norwich…. this should be the game where they need to click

  • cyprus

    Sep 23, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Right on at 3. Shola is a great supersub, 15-20 last minutes and he scares the opposition. In full games, he tends to disappear and, he is not a goalscorer, that’s a given. The Ba-Cisse partnership must come good, with both scoring and both being happy. There’s your challenge AP. Both should be willing (or forced) to play further back when needed, Rooney and RVP both do that. Of course, the problem starts with the midfield where we’ve lost every battle this year. They often drop way back to protect the defence, leaving a huge gap with the attackers… In short, tactically and in terms of sheer hard work, we are still lagging. Last year, statistically, we had the top two hardest working players in Guti and Yohan. Is that te case this year. In the middle, opponents always have acres of space to manoeuvre, whereas we’ve had opponents snipping at our heels the minute we get the ball.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 23, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Cyprus…because of what you just wrote there we should playing 4-3-3 🙂

    Our midfield do tend to sit back, but in this formation you have better link up between midfield and attack 🙂

    And it serves both Cabs and Benny better.

  • Jackson1989

    Sep 23, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #9

    play a 4312 , it will work trust me :D, and give elliot a shout in goal now guna lie i was impressed with him n europa

  • winwinwin

    Sep 23, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #10

    I think Pardew is getting sick of Ba. Dropping the hint the clause is still there. Ba out of all of our players seems to me the most mercenary, I think he’s casting a shadow over cisse, I doubt there the best of friends. Remember Ba didn’t want the no.9 shirt?!?! Personally, despite goals last season I think Ameobi would do a good enough job alongside Cisse. Ba’s ego/immaturity is too much, one game on the bench and he’s crying like a baby, not what we need I’m afraid. If he’s not with us 100% he’s got to go 100%.

  • 89Norcal

    Sep 23, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #11


    Perhaps its because of Cabaye’s central role, but from 25 yards out and less, Ben Arfa has the ability to attack the center, he’s shown that as well.

    Maybe if Cabaye pushes forward Ben arfa can slide out to the right.


    I’m convinced a 4-3-3 will only work for us long-term if we find another proper winger to play opposite Ben Arfa. Guti isn’t it, and neither is Ba (not to mention it just makes him unhappy).

    Unfortunately we don’t have just 1 top striker, we have 2 and we’ll just have to make it work.

    I was also thinking something like…


    So we still have width, and Ba and Cisse are BOTH central but can have freedom to move across each other (like Shola and Ba do).

    Also Ba has more ball control and can slip a pass to Cisse, he used to be a defensive mid after all.


    Sep 23, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #12

    Newcastle -1

    20/1 … Heard it here first 😉

    On topic.. We need to sign him on a new contract ASAP. And I think to say be hasn’t been very good this season is a tad harsh IMO

  • 89Norcal

    Sep 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #13


    I agree! A huge issue with Cisse and Ba’s drought has been Cabaye’s (our PLAYMAKER!) refusal to push up the pitch. Ben Arfa was the only one making any effort from midfield.

    It was well known his fitness was low in those 1st few games though, so I expect him to come back to form.

  • Graeme

    Sep 23, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Once Tiote is back to fitness then Anita should play alongside him. Push Cabaye forward with HBA, Marvey outside him with EITHER Cisse OR Ba up front.

    That would give us a 4 – 2 – 1 – 2 -1 and so much more flexibility.


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