One of the things Alan Pardew said yesterday during his televised news conference was that he hadn’t given up yet on Demba Ba making the game on Sunday at Liverpool.
Demba Ba - could still play tomorrow
Now whether that was a message to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to keep him on his toes or we don’t know.
Alan has played mind games a few times saying players were not fit and then played them – an example being with Ben Arfa for the first game of the season against Tottenham, when he said the Frenchman wouldn’t play because of injury- but Ben Arfa started, had a great game and scored the winning goal.
This may be something like the reverse of that, but we hope Demba Ba can play tomorrow, even though he hasn’t trained all week.
He’s probably already read “Mind Games For Dummies” - that’s the book Alan’s good friend Alex Ferguson helped write, isn’t it?
This is what Alan said about the injury situation yesterday:
We’re OK.” “Demba’s had a knock and not not trained, but we think he’s got a good chance.” ” So that will come into my thinking more tomorrow – I’ll know then.”
If Ba is not fit to start the game tomorrow we could well see Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi up front for Newcastle, unless Alan elects to play a 4-5-1 formation, which he rarely plays – even away from home.
We hope Ba can make the game tomorrow.
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