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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