We found out at Alan Pardew’s press conference yesterday that the Demba Ba release clause will become in every transfer window and therefore we have th possibility that the Demba Ba circus will be active in January, next summer, and then na year come January – and of course after that he becomes a free agent.
Demba Ba contract situation – an unwanted distraction
And quite honestly that’s what we think his handlers are after – getting a big deal for their player and profiting off it for themselves, and they’ll have another three opportunities to get him transferred under the £7M or £7.5M release clause, and then he becomes a free agent in eighteen months – and an even better chance of making big money off their client.
And if Demba Ba does become a free agent, we’ll have had almost 30 months of unrelenting publicity about which club he will be signing for – and that’s hardly good for any club.
But this is now getting out of hand, and news today that the continual speculation is upsetting a number of the Newcastle players – and we’re not surprised at that – it’s certainly upsetting the fans.
Alan Pardew talked extensively about the Demba Ba situation yesterday, and certainly it’s not doing any good for stability at Newcastle at the moment:
“If they pick up a paper it is all about Demba and we know it isn’t, but you know, it takes away some of the important issues we have.” “The important issues are making sure when our players play well they gain the reward for that.”
“Demba scored last week again and I hope he scores two and I hope he gets the headlines, but I want a few others to get the headlines for the right reasons.” “However, you only get that if you win games.”
Alan Pardew admitted the constant speculation surrounding the Senegal striker “must be annoying” for his team-mates, and it’s certainly annoying for the fans.
We hope the powers that be at Newcastle live and learn, and never again put a release clause in a player’s contract – and if they do it must be for the perceived market value of their player.
The Demba Ba circus is something we could do without right now.
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