Number One Priority – Sign Demba Ba To Long Term Deal


We were a little upset to fins out last week that it seems that Demba Ba has another £7M release clause in his contract at Newcastle, and it seems to activate in the January transfer window, and this is after the release clause was active for June and July in the summer, but thankfully the Senegal striker didn’t leave the club.

Demba Ba – after scoring his goal yesterday

The fact hat the release clause is active again in January was revealed by Alan Pardew after the Everton 2-2 draw on Monday night, after be had been benched but came on in the second half to score two good goals to get Newcastle a valuable point.

This is what Demba Ba had to say to the local Newcastle press today:

“The best time to do your talking is during the 90 minutes.” “That’s exactly it – that is what football is about.” “It should be played on the pitch when it’s 11 versus 11.”

“I’m delighted.” “To have a win and a goal is great for me.” “It was a great pass from Hatem, and to get three points as well means you can’t ask for any more.”

“It could have made it easier if we  converted the penalty,  but we are a team, and we wanted Papiss to get going – that’s all.”  “Jonas came up with the idea, but unfortunately he missed it.”

“The three points were the most important thing.”  “We know Cisse will come good, he just has to find his way back to the goal. He will continue to work After that, it is in the hands of God.”

“Who knows what is going to happen for him and for us in the future?”

It’s going to be very hard to have to go through all that stuff we went through over the summer, wondering if some clubs will come in and take Demba Ba away from Newcastle.

We have to hope that Newcastle can somehow get Demba Ba to sign a new deal, and he’s worth quite a good wage after all he’s done at Newcastle – with 20 goals in 42 appearance for the Tyneside club.

And this is what Demba Ba tweeted on his Twitter account after the game yesterday:

“When you got players like yohan or hatem. It make football look easy…”

The last word on the Senegal striker  – sign this lad up to a good long term contract and keep him at the club.

What do you think?

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111 comments so far

  • Carryingcoals

    Sep 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #1

    I’d like Ba to remain with us, but on his current deal. I’d be happy for him to stay a Newcastle player until he’s 29. His agents won’t hold the club to ransom and nobody will pay out the transfer fee and then colossal wages on a high risk player (ie his knees).

    I would be disappointed if the club gave him a much better deal as they would then be asked by the agents of our other stars to give their clients improved deals! Again restricting funds we have to recruit new players.

    Ba won’t get a contract from us, he’ll remain a Newcastle player on his current deal. I think we’ve heard enough of this now, I’m bored of it. I like Demba but he needs to get out of the media limelight.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Sep 24, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Yea I seen that a while ago that Ranger was on 10k a week lol

    People wondering why he refuses to move on,there’s your answer.

    The buck stops with the club for giving him the contract.

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  • TorqToon

    Sep 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Repost –
    When you think back to last season, (we are only 1 point worse off from our unbeaten start BTW!) big Demba Ba hadn’t even scored a goal for us. His first of 3 was in game 6. And that was with a minimal amount of pressure on the lad. Yes he impressed with whu but a free transfer he was. Just imagine the pressure Papiss is feeling now. Touted as world class last year but nearly everybody, the number 9 shirt and nothing seems to go for him, the applaud off the park yesterday will do the lad wonders! But he WILL come good and in a big way!! I love the boy, he loves this club and even more so after the support he recieved yesterday! Just glad he didn’t read what the idiots on here were saying!! Keep going lad! It will come!

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  • TorqToon

    Sep 24, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Simple solution;

    1) Kick out the thug, Ranger,
    2) Free up 10k a week in wages
    3) Give it to Ba
    4) Improve team moral and let ranger do what he wants without tainting our beautiful club.

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  • rainrix

    Sep 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #5

    So it was jonas’ fault cisse took the penalty eh? Thats it pards should strip him of the vice captaincy and make him play in the reserves for a bit for such gross incompetence. 😉

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  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t think we should panic about the Ba situation, he club knows what is needed and they will be doing what they can about rectifying it.

    Or do you think that the club is just merrily going along oblivious to everything that is going on around them.

    And on the point of Ba’s contract clauses and those of you that are saying the clauses should be removed just think before posting eh.

    It is almost a cast iron guarantee that both parties do not want clauses in contracts as they make for much more complicated dealings, BUT they are put there n an effort to pre-empt a situation and protect the party concerned.

    Ba’s knee is well documented so neither party will get insurance on it, so the club want a clause in to protect themselves so if his knee goes bang tomorrow they are not left paying years on a contract to a none player, conversely Ba will have counter-clauses in there to protect himself.

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  • Carryingcoals

    Sep 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #7

    TorqToon

    The way he was applauded off the pitch by the fans and the way he was encouraged before and after the penalty miss by the players, shows the togetherness of the club and reflects how it has transformed. We haven’t played very well so far but we are picking up points and almost have Tiote, Krul and Colo all back in the side. Plus we have a European home game to look forward to next week. It’s very, very good times for the club at the minute and constant berating of our own players, such as WIlliamson, by fans who actually hope he has a bad game let the spirit down which the club now has in abundance.

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #8

    He’s on the contract he’s on essentially because of his knee as I understand it.
    Has that situation improved and isn’t the clause part of that trade off.

    He has done very well and does deserve to be fairly compensated of course, but unless that knee problem has miraculously gone away, there won’t be any big money 5 year deal, I imagine.

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  • Carryingcoals

    Sep 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #9

    TorqToon

    Unfortunately it’s not as simple as that, Ranger would have to be heavily compensated and your post assumes Ba will settle for 10k more a week. That isn’t the case. It’s pointless giving Ba a new deal at present, both parties are protected by clauses and the relationship between player/representatives and club is fractious.

    Giving him 10k a week won’t end speculation or agent meddling. Nor would Ba’s party accept it.

    The club are in a good position on this.

    As for Ranger he seems to be a lost cause. The image of the club is very good at present, we have a financial model envious of other clubs, we are dubbed as overachieving and our strikers are devout muslims who don’t go out drinking and smashing up this Bigg Market like certain ex ‘pro’s’. Ranger will be forgotten about.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #10

    Jonas doing what a captain should be doing, absolute quality just shows the lad is thinking about the team as a whole and not just what he is doing in the game.

    Small wonder we have such good spirit in the dressing room when you have players like this in and around it.

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Carryingcoals – we could do with you carrying goals!
    @1 your spot on. Ashley will not want to create a precedent for all the reasons you have stated.
    After reading the dross that our so called fans serve up during the game I am just delighted that I am not party to it. The atmosphere was very tense at the stadium and Cisse’s penalty miss only added to the tension. Had Cisse scored we could well have scored 3 or 4 goals. But
    just how match time bloggers react if we were losing. Some of them continually get the wrong end of the stick – some don’t even get the stick at all. Some would have an argument in an empty house. Even when we’re not playing particularly well we have the creative players who can change a game. That’s why we win games by creativity and resilience. Williamson proved that he is a good squad player and he deserved credit for his performance. Injuries to key players have an impact on all sides but were finding a way to win as all good teams do. The pick were Harper, Williamson, Santon,Perch,HBA and Ba. Cabaye is close to returning to form and displayed flashes of his passing range. Tiote’s return was like that of an uncontrolled tiger but he provides the vibrancy to the midfield which has been lacking. Cabaye will have a freer role with Chiek in DM.

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #12

    Just how would match time posters react if we were losing.

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  • rainrix

    Sep 24, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #13

    Cupid.. I was joking btw 🙂

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  • rainrix

    Sep 24, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #14

    I predict the next article will be about Cisse.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 24, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Ian…I wouldnt even want to be thinking about that mate ;D with Cisse missing that penalty in Elkjær style imagine if Norwich had levelled ? lol

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  • ganiyu

    Sep 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #16

    Number one priority is to win the europa cup or the f.a cup.Hope I’m not wrong?

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  • Carryingcoals

    Sep 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Ian Toon

    Completely agree, especially on the final point about Cabaye.

    Too many fans with unrealistic expectations!

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  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 24, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Rainrix @ # 13

    I guessed that you were joking, the smiley gave it away just a little. 🙂

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  • rainrix

    Sep 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Ha just making sure, sarcasm doesnt translate well on the internet 🙂

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #20

    Jesper- LOL . I have to say I have never encountered such trite nonsense spouted at our games. The crowd were tense yesterday but willing the team through difficult periods . Reading the posts back you could easily make a case for many wanting us to lose. One of the best
    posts to the often said we’re winning but playing badly was from Ed
    Harrison. He said something like – well just think what we’re going to achieve when we’re playing we’ll. Some fans( sic) would be happier
    If we were losing games so they could make a link with Ashley’s prudence in running the club.
    Ibiza- hiya. Your humour and balanced approach is missed . I swear numbers have been down because your not around???? I liked the god cop reference as well. Come back all is forgiven!!

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 24, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Ibiza- or even good cop. Sorry Jasper talk later. Man U games on Wednesday . Hope we do better than the Under 18’s who lost 7-1 at home on Saturday to their u18’s.

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  • rainrix

    Sep 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Ian… It’s better for your sanity if you don’t bother looking at the comments during the match days. Much better to come back a day or 2 after and actually have a decent discussion about the match once all the kiddies are back at school 😉

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  • lesh

    Sep 24, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Given Ranger’s track record before he was signed up on his last contract, I’m astonished that a clause wasn’t inserted in it that would enable his dismissal in the event of future criminal charges or stupidity that impacts on Newcastle United.

    Short sighted or were we just happy to think he’d be good lad? In either case, gross errors of judgement and as time goes by, he’s just a drain on the club. Surely the legal eagles can find a way to bladder the idiot!

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  • bollance

    Sep 24, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Ian

    Good point. If we reward Ba with a new contract then we are vindicating bad behaviour. If Ba scores 20 plus this season we may be worthy of a new deal but only when he proves himself.

    Watched the u18 second half. The first half ended 5-0. But apparently our u18 side played better second half and one of our players caught the eye. Gilliead, usually a striker played as a midfielder and did some excellent strong runs. But lad is clever and has the ability to slow down draw a defender and then sprint past. Like hba does.

    Had a closer look at Cardoza Lopez and he is very small. Think he is only 16-17 so still young in this age group but he did score. We had 15 year old woodman in goal and armstrong up front so we are still fielding a youthful side.

    But there was certainly a gulf in class. The man u youngsters moved the ball about very well and we chased shadows a lot of the half. Their 5 goal striker James Wilson looked very good. But I certain that our defence at times made him look good. The last goal he scored our defender Cameron had a simple ball to hoof out of play but got it caught between his legs and then Wilson steamed in and scored.

    Lessons will have been learnt. They did themselves pass it about in periods but they have a long way to go. Also impressed with midfielder smith.

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  • hotdog

    Sep 24, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #25

    On Cabaye – No one is doubting his work ethic is great like the rest of the team but he gave the ball away cheap yesterday. He knocked a lovely first time ball out to Obertan (Who was wasteful again) and that was about it. He will lose the ball as he trying the risky final through ball which i will not criticise him for but he has to up his game imo.

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  • bollance

    Sep 24, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Ian

    This should give u an idea of man u’s team Wednesday.

    Man Utd
    01 De Gea
    02 Rafael
    03 Evra
    06 Evans
    15 Vidic
    07 Valencia
    16 Carrick
    17 Nani
    22 Scholes (Fletcher 79)
    26 Kagawa (Welbeck 84)
    20 Van Persie (Hernandez 81)

    This is the team they put out against galatasaray.

    Fletcher will start in midfield. They will know we will play a strong spine with colo, Taylor, tiote and possibly even Cisse playing upfront so expect them to also be strong!

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  • bollance

    Sep 24, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #27

    Hotdog

    Cabaye has a lot to lose if his form does dip for a long period – his starting place in the French team. He has worked exceptionally hard to nail down that position and looked fantastic in euro 2012.

    He is starting to get back to form. The first time pass to obertan to put him through on goal was perfect and he is now starting to put ankle biting tackles like a tenacious scholes! As demba says football is made so much easier with players like cabaye on the pitch

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 24, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Ian…talk to you later 🙂 haven’t seen Ibiza though he was on last nite for a short while…

    Bollance…probably looks about right 🙂 I would imagine Fletcher and either Welbeck or Hernandez to start against us though!

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 24, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #29

    I predict next article is about Willo, and his imminenet national callup to replace JT as captain…. Wait, where’s he from again……

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  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Sep 24, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #30

    I have to say, I’m well impressed with how both keepers have performed so far in Krul’s absence. Harper imo is a Hall of famer, for his loyalty and sportsmanship in the game. He is one of only a minority of ‘fair’ players, as shown on Monday. Great professional as well and Imo was easily in our top 3 best players against Norwich. Likewise Elliot performed really well in Europe.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 24, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #31

    Its a relief our goalie situatiion looks more settled, especially elliot, never had doubts about harps just how long he has left at the top of his game. But for now he is easily as good as he has ever been.

    Round about the time Forster was angling for a move and harps was knacked, elliot was being reported as virtually useless I was decidedly worried about Krul getting crocked. Phew! Gasp!

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  • hotdog

    Sep 24, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #32

    bollance – I really dont think he is getting back to his best form but his efforts last year will ensure he will be allowed to work through it.

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  • bollance

    Sep 24, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Ranger currently has a knee injury so i suspect he did not kick the door in.

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  • bollance

    Sep 24, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #34

    Hotdog

    Exactly, he wil be given the time as we know he is one of our players when on form. But as i say he will come good because he has a lot to lose if he does not!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Nile Ranger is a bum.

    That is all

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Sep 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #36

    If you can get past Demba BA,s Agents and Family to get him to actually sign a new Deal without any of these stupid Release clauses then okay! Lets do it! I will be Happy!

    I know that he is supposed to have problems with his knee, but he keeps banging goals in anyway! So i don,t care if he has probs with his knee because he,s already proved he can score inspite of any knee problems!

    Re-post:
    As far as regards Nile Ranger, can the club not just sack him like they did Joey? He,s had more chances than a Saturday game of Monopoloy in a knocking shop!
    Get rid of him!

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  • bollance

    Sep 24, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #37

    Tsunki

    Elliot was written off because he went through a period around the forest game where he conceded lots of goals every time he played.

    He has now done something that Forster never did and that is star in a 1st team game for us. Although if Forster had had a chance then i am certain he would have shone too.

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  • toonLYF

    Sep 24, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #38

    bollance/hotdog – i realy think Cabaye must be a horrible player to play against when he’s having a good day, he’s like a pedigree bull terrier, elegant yet rabid.

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  • tequilamag

    Sep 24, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #39

    Bollance, pretty sure Barton was not sacked but allowed to leave on free transfer. QPR where happy to take him and give him big wages. Cant see anyone taking Ranger even on a free because he would still want his 10 K a week.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 24, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Our one advantage with Ba is his supposed ticking time bomb,nuclear reactor,C4 filled,volcanic eruption waiting to happen knee 🙂 . This may keep the big,big clubs away and other than maybe Spurs I can’t see him joining anyone else. Its funny how he is the most injury prone on paper but has played a season and a half in the Premier League plus ACON and has barely missed a game, funny that 🙂 .

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