Demba Ba Happy – I Feel Good – Xisco Sighted In Training


Demba Ba is the in-form striker at the moment at Newcastle, and he scored three goals in one and a half games last week, and if it wasn’t for Ba’s goals Newcastle would have had three points less than we currently have – which is 8 points from our first five league games, and that’s not too bad, just one point short of where we were at the same stage least season.

Xisco seen training at Benton today – paired with Fab Coloccini

And Newcastle fans will be happy to know that Demba Ba says he’s happy and feeling good at the moment, and he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site today:

“Yes, I’m happy.” “I feel good, I’ve had some good games and I’ll just keep on doing what I’m doing.” “I think I’m in better form than last season so I’ll just continue to do what I do.”

“Yohan Cabaye last Monday, the ball he gave me, and Hatem Ben Arfa on Sunday – when you have balls like this it’s easier to score some goals.”

“It hasn’t been too bad,” Ba said. “We’re on the road to what we did last season and we just want to keep doing what we do best and get as many wins as possible, especially at home.”

“Sunday was important because our start was not too good but not too bad. Our start was average and we needed a win to make a good step forward.”

“And we have that win. It was not easy but we have it and we’re very happy that we have three points. That’s always the main thing in this sport.” “I think so and I hope so.”

“Only God knows when Cisse will score, but he just has to keep on fighting and keep on doing what he has to do. Everything else is in the hands of God.”

Good words there from Demba Ba, who always comes across as a really decent guy – even when he’s angry. 😀

As well as strikers Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi and young Adam Campbell, nufcTV showed shots of  another Newcastle striker in training today while Alan Pardew was giving his news conference this afternoon – and it was Xisco doing stretching exercises with Fab Coloccini – who he knew very well when they were team-mates together at Deportivo, before they both arrived at Newcastle in the summer of 2008.

But they have had different experiences on Tyneside, with Fab now the Newcastle captain and having become a really great acquisition for us, whereas Xisco has never been quite good enough for the Premier League.

We suspect if Newcastle are not going to use him, he should at least be given the opportunity to go and play out on loan somewhere.

His contract at Newcastle finally ends next summer,  and the lad’s only played 9 times for the club.  and notice I didn’t even mention we’ve been paying him £50K/week since he signed in September of 2008.

Whoops.

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175 comments so far

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Sep 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Maybe he’ll get on against manure!

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  • Ben3arfa

    Sep 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #2

    A XISCO SIGHTING!

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  • Ashton

    Sep 24, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Xisco is such a clusterfuck! He was a Spanish u21 international but somehow he just lost his way with us and I can’t blame him because we didn’t give him a chance and I remember most people were blaming him for the sacking of KK before even playing with us!!.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Sep 24, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #4

    should play Xisco in the Europa league , i mean thats what teams do with contracted players .. they play them!

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  • Ashton

    Sep 24, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Xisco is such a clusterf***k! He was a Spanish u21 international but somehow he just lost his way with us and I can’t blame him because we didn’t give him a chance and I remember most people were blaming him for the sacking of KK before even playing with us!!.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #6

    We need to give him a chance. He’s is our third best striker at the club.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Kets no, just no put your straight jacket back on man

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  • steveno7

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #8

    The lad hashad no chance at all .
    Would it be a bad thing to give him a chance .
    I think he should be given a chance in europe maybe .

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  • Toon-Barmy

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Personally, I’d love to see him get some game time, just to see what he can do! I can only remember watching him play a couple of times and he scored in one of those games! Can’t understand what the problem is, from what I hear he’s a really nice guy and a model pro, I guess Pardew, and the several managers that preceded him just don’t believe he can cut it at this level.
    That seems strange considering he will have cost us £18.7 million (Including transfer fees) if he see’s
    out his contract!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Kets RE
    Your post on the previous article
    I think the number one priority should be the first team holding you down while wilo and simmo take turns to teabag you
    Just a thought

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  • Novocastrian66

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Kets. What evidence do you have to back up your assessment of Xisco? FIFA 12?

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  • Toon-Barmy

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Personally, I’d love to see him get some game time, just to see what he can do! I can only remember watching him play a couple of times and he scored in one of those games! Can’t understand what the problem is, from what I hear he’s a really nice guy and a model pro, I guess Pardew, and the several managers that preceded him just don’t believe he can cut it at this level.
    That seems strange considering he will have cost us £18.7 million (Including transfer fees) if he see’s out his contract!

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  • woolerbill

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Xisco is the cross ashley put round his own neck.. Dennis Wise is better than keegan, at finding good players, that’s a joke.

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  • hattambenarfa

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #14

    teams for the man u game? is it wednesday or thursday?

    mine would be

    elliot
    perch willo colo ferguson
    obertan anita gosling tiote marveaux
    cisse

    colo tiote anita and cisse need the match practise and rests cabaye taylor santon ba gutti and hba

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  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Personally I believe Xisco should be given a chance to prove/redeem himself and maybe put himself in the shop window for a move, he hasnt been given no where near enough game time to improve of get used to the english way of things, I would get him involved in as many cup matches as possible who knows we might be suprised and he might actually be a link we need to have because Ba and Cisse are to comfortable in the positions now because they know no one is there to take it off them so I think we should try get Xisco involved just to see, we’ve got nothing atall to lose now

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #16

    For once i find myself partly agreeing with something Kets says!

    @6: The club handled this player abyssmally and he was used as a scape-goat for what went down when Keegan quit! He also was injury prone while playing for the reserves!

    We have been paying him 50k a week since 2008! If he,s training with the first team then i say let him have his chance to earn some of that 50k a week!

    However Kets he is not our third best striker? Don,t understand how you can make a statement like that when he has only played 9 times for us according to the informastion above?

    Oh and Big Pappa! Kets is not the only one on here in need of a Straight Jacket !

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  • josh

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Kets you still haven’t found that hole. GO AWAY YOU RANCID LITTLE TURD.

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  • Carryingcoals

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #18

    kets

    Shola is our 3rd best striker. XISCO HASN’T DONE ANYTHING. Have you been to every training session for the past 5 years and know something the rest of us don’t? Is there some sort of Mike Ashley conspiracy keeping him from starting?!

    He was a player with promise who got a ridiculous deal from the club. Stop being so pedantic and wake up.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #19

    He’s played 9times,scored a goal and laid on a goal.
    How can anyone say he’s not good enough,plenty of others have had better opportunities at nufc.
    I wouldn’t go as far as saying he ain’t good enough but probably a lazy twat at training .
    Maybe a bit like plastic gangster Ranger just without the gangster part.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #20

    @10:

    Lets ask you the same question!

    What eveidence do you have to support your assessment of Xisco?

    Kets appeaers to be the Butt end of a lot of abuse on here just recently and i don,t like it!

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  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #21

    His situation is a bit of a joke and I can understand the hesitancy in not playing him.

    we play him and he plays

    A) badly, doesn’t score and we suddenly finding ourselves facing a rather embarrassing exit from the Europa. Suddenly people start laughing at us coz we dropped the demba’s and shola to play an unproven player.

    B) he plays well and scores a few. He’s not getting rewarded a new contract anyway and he’s not one for the future whereas Adam Campbell is. So we get a short term gain at the expense of others.

    Yes we advertise him but in time for January? No. Think we face facts and put this down to a bad experience personally.

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  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Having said all that – and I do think it was an unusually fair assessment – I think he’ll make the bench for united in the cup. Just got a sneaking suspicion but it’s not based on anything tangible.

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  • josh

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #23

    @nextnewmagpie. It’s because he’s a f*****g idiot. If you haven’t notice he comes up with stupid comments to get a rise and it works. Xisco is not our third best striker. That comment has the foundation of the leaning tower of Pisa. If not supported, its gonna fall on its arse. He is a proven troll and been spotted doing the same on other blogs. He begs for it, that’s why he gets abuse. You do not loan someone out year after year if he is a prmomising attribute. I for one, will stick by the decision made by every PREMIER LEAGUE manager that knows a butt loaf more than any of us on here about how to run a f*****g football team.

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  • tarie4

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #24

    NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Simple really, manager has ever played him or given hi. Praise, and most of them want to flog him. Is that evidence enough??
    Even young Campbell is ahead of him!!!! So how can hr be the 3rd best striker we have.

    And kets is a nutcase… His reasoning is hilarious.. I mean really…

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #25

    NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Xisco has spent 3 seasons on loan, 2 of them in the spanish 2nd division where he couldnt force a first team place and in 26 games for them he managed 5 goals (once again 2nd division) and his 1 season at santander he had 26 games and 3 goals, add that to every manager here has overlooked him then i can fully see why people wonder why people think he’s prob a waste of space

    And on kets you dont have to like just understand he’s treated with the same distain and vile he treats a few of our players with i mean ffs the lad celebrated one of our players getting injured thats not a fan thats a disgrace

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #26

    I can understand the Hesitation in playing him but what i can,t understand is why he gets blamed for a situation which is not of his own making!

    Also some of the attitude of some on here towards him, is downright unfair and unwarrented ! Slag him off, by all means if its a crap player, but he has never had the playing time to prove himself, and nota bene should probably of never been signed in the first place!

    A Big expensive mistake in the Keegan / Dennis Wise years!
    He could be tested first in the reserve team again, and if he proves himself there could be used as a Sub for the first team.
    He,s costing the club 50k a week, let him start to do something to earn it!

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  • tequilamag

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #27

    I read somewhere that the Xisco fee went up another 700K once he played 10 games. If that is true and I have no idea if it is, then we would just be throwing more good money after bad. He has had a few seasons out on loan and never really produced an awful lot so I cant see any point in playing him.
    Kets gets a kick out of posting his comments to get a rise. Dont give him the satisfaction.

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  • josh

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #28

    @tads. Spot on son. The tail is bolstered on the donkey.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #29

    New Expat Magpie

    On Kets

    This guy hates Tav, Williamson, Simpson. Gosling, Shola, rates Abied higher than Cabaye, thinks Raylor is as good as Messi, hates Pardews tactics, hates MAs transfer policy, has a list of at least 6 transfers for every transfer window, rarely engages with any other blogger, claims to be the only one who talks sence on this blog and you wonder why he gets a hard time ? He was banned from another Toon blog for exactly the same obsessive dislike of a good part of our squad and constant repetition. He is a Panini warrior. There are no positives.

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  • toonking

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #30

    i think we should play xisco in europa games this season TBH the fact dennis wise was who suggested him and who we believe caused keegans sacking. it has made it too easy to target him as a rubbish player. also i think what made things worse was another spanish player luque had only just got shifted due to his rubbish performances.
    if people still won’t want him to stay then think of it like this if he does play and does have few good games we stand more chance of selling him for cash.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #31

    NEWEXPAT
    He’s had 3 seasons on loan to prove himself! The only reason he’s still here is cos no one will match his wages some say fair enough others will say what kind of person wants to basically miss 4 years of there career

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Okay ! Everyone So Kets maybe a Butt-Wipe !

    But we don,t want to lower the Decorum of the Blog do we!

    After all the level and general standard of some of the posts on here are probably already as low as they can go!

    I stick by my comments on Xisco though, and for 50k a week, we have to be the biggest Mugs in the Prem !

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Toonking
    No one is gonna pay to sign him in jan when hes free in the summer there is no financial gain to playing him

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  • cyprus

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #34

    Let’s hope God (surely an NUFC fan these days?) does his thing for both forwards, can’t wait for them to gel. We must persist with playing them both, they’ll get it together, together.

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  • tequilamag

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #35

    The one god thing about Xisco is at least he has tried to make a go of his career by going out on loan. Compared to Ranger he is a model pro.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #36

    We need to unanimously agree to put this one to bed. Shame on you ED! You knew the trouble a Xisco bomb would create.

    Xisco was a misguided signing, we can go into all sorts of reasons why he was recommended,but ultimately Ashley in his ‘green’ phase had the wool pulled over his eyes. Deportivo have never been tempted to take their prodigal off our hands quite simply because they value him at far less, and maybe Xisco an his representatives are insisting he does not budge for the same reasons. He has outlived the tenure of multiple experienced managers and their respective coaching staff setups, who have all had a look at him and deemed him surplus to requirements.

    In summary, if you think he hasn’t had a chance, you are either the most long-suffering or gullible person anyone could meet. If you think he is top of a pecking order including Shola, Sammi, even Vuckic or Adamson then you are deluded, or badly misinformed, or simply mistaken as to the individual we are talking about.

    The only compliment I can pay to Xisco is that he rarely slags us off for not playing him, but then that’s simply because he prays we won’t.

    Oh and for everyone’s information, Ketsy has not had any undeserved stick, as he has dealt all his nonsense time and again without any sign of reason or proof. He’s not being ganged up on, it’s self inflicted.

    Here endeth the Xisco rubbishing.

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #37

    Kets presence regrettably just creates the platform for the more mindless poster to feel that they have a license to be equally mindless which detracts from the blog as a whole. It’s always the same people who bully and drive the more discerning posters away. It’s just the same repetitive mindless tirade. If you don’t respond to inane comments you’ll starve the poster of oxygen/ attention that they crave. This isn’t the Geordie boot boys convention- think about it.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #38

    …and for Adamson I of course meant Adam Campbell. My brain is tired from a lousy day and Xisco.

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  • tequilamag

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #39

    Tsunki is a Xisco bomb as abd as the Demba Ba knee time bomb?

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Sep 24, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #40

    Tsunki @ 35:

    Nuff-said ! Fair Enough !

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