While there are positive signs that Newcastle will now strengthen their squad in January, with two or three good players coming through the door, there is still a dark cloud over Demba Ba’s future at Newcastle, and whether he will still be a Newcastle player come February.
Demba Ba scored penalty last Monday against Wigan
There’s probably more been written about Demba Ba’s contract than any other player’s contract in England – ever since Harry Redknapp took it upon himself to reveal there was a release clause in the Senegal striker’s contract last January.
We survived two months in the summer when his contract release clause was activated, and it’s coming active again in January, according to Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
But the manager has an excellent relationship with the player and he trusts the player, as he had this to say top the BBC yesterday:
“We have made it clear that Demba is very much our player.” “And he plays like that every week for us.” “But he has a situation in his contract that he could leave the football club. He is not as secure as some of our other players and that is how it will remain.”
“But I can look him in the eye, we know where we are. I trust him – he is a good player and he has been very, very good.”
There’s no doubt that Demba Ba is a massive player for Newcastle, as he again showed last Monday night in hitting a great brace for the Magpies in our 3-0 win over a 10 man Wigan side.
Demba is now joint top of the Premier League scoring charts with 10 goals, and he has 26 PL goals for Newcastle in just 53 appearances for the club.
We hope that goals tally will continue to increase way past this February.
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