Disappointing News On Demba Ba

Demba Ba’s chances of making the Liverpool game on Sunday are rated at only 50-50 at best by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, so maybe we’ll see Shola Ameobi and Papiss Cisse up front for Newcastle at Anfield.

Demba Ba slamming home his goal on Sunday in great style

Demba has some sort of leg injury, although when we watched him limp off after 72 minutes on Sunday it looked like a foot injury, but it’s now being reported as a thigh injury.

Of course Liverpool have been reported to be coming in with a bid for Ba in the January transfer window, although they do have other striker targets lined up, in addition to the Newcastle striker, who has 7 league goals this season.

This is what Pardew told the local press today:

“I think he’s 50-50 – at best.” “We’ve got Papiss back on the goal trail and Shola and Sammy so we’re happy with that.” “It is very important to have that.” “Papiss is fit and well and we are looking forward to seeing him this weekend.”

But Demba Ba is the man in form, and if he doesn’t play on Sunday, that will be a major disappointment for Newcastle fans and our chances of winning.

Alan Pardew revealed earlier in the season that Ba’s release clause kicks in again during the January transfer window, and Newcastle are trying to sign the Senegal striker to a new deal on Tyneside, and without that daft release clause in it.

The news on that today is that the talks with Newcastle and his representatives are ongoing, so that’s good, and maybe there’s still some hope we can tie the man down to a long-term stay at Newcastle.

Hope so.

What do you think?

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12 comments so far

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Oct 31, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Sh*t!!! Cm on Papiss!!!

  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Oct 31, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Santon Saylor colo fergie
    Anita cabaye Jonas
    Ben arfa cisse sammy

    Can easily drop back to 451 if Liverpool are on the offensive.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 31, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Wizard…if I have to take tactics literally I am not that big a fan of 4-5-1. I t is way to defensive for my liking and should only be deployed when you are defending.

    I would rather see a 4-4-1-1 if we deploy Benny behind a forward, but I still think we should think we should try to utilize our wings better when going forward which means we need to sacrifice something defensively.

    So three in MF compensation for our wings going forward or cutting inside when needed 🙂

  • Sav

    Oct 31, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Benny to give Enrique a tough time.

  • Brutooon

    Oct 31, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #5

    got a feeling that cisse and shola ameobi can form a good partnership against liverfool

    Shola hold the ball and Papis the free role

  • geordie_jay

    Oct 31, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Should go back to 4-3-3. They way it was the second half of last season. Play cisse central up front with ba and ben arfa playing off him. If ba doesent like it then put on sammy or marveaux. Or even rotate ba and cisse

  • RichY

    Oct 31, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #7

    why is a release clause so bad?

    Doesnt it guarantee 7m for a play we got for free and potentially had a dodgy knee?

  • josh

    Oct 31, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #8

    No it doesn’t. We do not receive all of that 7m. Besides it may be a dodgy knee but its held up so far and scored us a butt load of goals.

  • one Tony Green

    Oct 31, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #9

    I am not entirely sure that Demba will leave we are still in the Europa ahead of Liverpool in the league, have a better stadium and there is talk of Scott Sinclair going to Liverpool on loan.
    Let’s hope he stays.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 31, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #10

    I like Perchino – re Shane Ferguson – “typical Irishman, strong and tough” . He just left out that we are all hung like baboons aswell, but I’ll forgive him that 🙂

  • Graeme

    Oct 31, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Munster, they don’t normally hang baboons – they shoot them!! lol

  • stevetoon85

    Oct 31, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Josh – The release clause does garantee Newcastle United £7m. On top of that, a club will have to pay fee’s to Ba’s agents and representatives, who as we’ve discovered over the 18 months like to play hard ball.

    Realistically….if any team wants to sign Demba Ba, they will have to pay close to £10m in total. (This is probably the main reason he hasn’t left allready!)


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