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Pardew Urges Demba Ba To Make Statement

9:39 am, Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 23 Comments

Alan Pardew has come out and said that Demba Ba is a victim of the sharks that act as agents for the striker, and who seem to have leaked all kinds of information about Ba’s contract at Newcastle – and surely the authorities – like the FA – should be taking some action on their completely mercenary behavior?

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Demba Ba – should make a statement

It was a complete joke in June and July when his so-called agents would put various stories out to drum up interest from clubs, and it seems January will be even worse with the likelihood that Ba will walk away from Newcastle if his agents can get a pay off for themselves.

This is what the Newcastle manager said:

“I think it’s difficult for our fans to really feel that Demba is solid with the team and everything else that’s going on.” “When he’s played he’s never represented that, he’s always represented his full commitment to the team and I do think he’s slightly becoming a victim of a few sharks around him.”

“But having said that our fans want loyalty. This is a big club and I think perhaps he needs to make a statement at some point.” “I do feel that for our fans, he needs to give a message of some description. We’re in an important stage of the season for us. We had a terrible result against Arsenal, we need to turn that around.”

“I think he needs, in this window, to make a decision fairly early. I think for everyone’s sake, most of all himself.” “Especially for our fans – they need to know he’s going to with us to the summer or not. We need to know as well, we need to make sure that we have a replacement ready if he leaves.”

“And it will become more apparent if he leaves early.” “I still think that it’s even whether he will stay or go. In this window and in the situation we’re in, I’d like to think he will stay. But that will be his decision.” “There is still a contract on the table. The situation with that is that it’s getting close to the point where we say no more. But the offer is still there.”

Demba Ba may be strong mentally but he seems to have no control over those who say represent him – and we think it’s a good move by Alan Pardew that Demba Ba should say something.

What’s his intentions in January, and what’s his intentions about Newcastle United – are two good questions he should answer.

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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jayden // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Repost!
    What squad number do you guys reckon Dreamboat II will get? I’m wagering 12.

  • 2 davybtoon // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Jayden I reckon he will get 12 if remy did happen he would hav 11

  • 3 davybtoon // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Pardew is playing this ba thing just right putting all the preasure on him to sort it

  • 4 darrenfletcher88 // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Good solid statement from the manager!!! Strong words,@proudtobeageordie,any info today??

  • 5 Jayden // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Davy: Yep, agreed. Ba situation is tricky, but Pards pretty much always does what is best for the team (Jonas selections aside)

  • 6 yorkymag // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    I am fed up with this whole Ba mess ,he or his sharks and it does not matter either way have burnt their bridges – its time to move on .
    I have enjoyed watching Demba but I hope he has now played his last game and wish him luck but the future I someone else
    Let’s move on and get over it

  • 7 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Darren – Im waiting for Proud to come online this morning too ! Seems to have the scoop on things at the mo which is ideal.

    Wake up, proud and give us the latest !

    As for Tomkins – No thanks! Over rated, struggling for a game where he is and at 5mil – he’s about 3mil too expensive. Better value elsewhere. This sparks of lazy journalism to me!

  • 8 darrenfletcher88 // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Torq,same pal he’s like the blogs little own skysports insider, tomkins not for me dosent have the same ring as sahko and Douglas

  • 9 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Repost –

    TADS – Proper little Dennis wise you are lad! No offence of course – just messing.

    Yeah Isimat-Mirin is quality. I spoke on here yesterday of direct contact from Newcastle with Valenciennes and thankfully it has been proven (more or less) today.

    The lad is one of the most highly rated players in France at the moment. 6 (poss 7) caps for France U21?s and even being touted by some as a possible surprise inclusion in the 1st team. Stands 6’2 and pacey. Great in the air and strong. A proper ball playing defender.

    He is being touted at between £4-5mil but his agent ( Mikel Beck ) but I reckon a solid bid of £2.75m – £3mil) should be enough. As for the club itself – they have a good feeling withe regards Newcastle and how they treat there players properly without forcing them into a first XI. Despite our dodgy 1st half of the season – NUFC’s rep in France is sky high.

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Tomkins is the guy leon best smashed a hat trick past. Really not what we need.

    Ideally Ba and Sakho swap

    interesting read below:-

    * * * * * * * * * * *

    Amid the predictable indignation, there lies an uncomfortable truth.

    Newcastle may enjoy considerable stature in terms of their history, support and stadium, bigger than some of their more successful rivals.

    But they haven’t won a major trophy since 1969. And the greatest argument in support of Ferguson’s assertion is the presence of Pardew himself.

    If Newcastle really were a big club, Alan Pardew would not be their manager

    Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/premiership/ferguson-was-right-if-newcastle-were-a-big-club-alan-pardew-would-not-be-their-manager-16256065.html#ixzz2GiRfCCU8

  • 11 darrenfletcher88 // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    As for demba, he’s been great but it’s time to show your cards for me sign or leave time, am not worried if we lose him as we have Cisse who is a predator. Sticking him out wide right thou is like slapping a great white shark in the middle of the Serengeti and then wondering why it isn’t catching any antelopes. Newcastle United will not shrivel up and die if Ba leaves. We will adjust and move on, like we always do, arm around pappis and we will be off,

  • 12 magpiesyd // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    @yorkymag
    totally agree with u,think we are all getting pissed of with this cirus now which does look more like the sharks have caused all this trouble.Pards is right we need Demba to come out and say something to put everyone right to what he intends to do.

  • 13 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Darren – We’ve lost better players than Ba in the past and kept going. Nobody bigger than the club.

  • 14 Dagwoodz // Jan 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    I don’t blame Ba for this circus; he’s come out and said he does not want to leave NUFC. (then again, that’s akin to the dreaded “vote of confidence” given to gaffers before they’re given the boot). All the same, wish this would go away sooner than later. It is very much effecting the team chemistry. Sort it or be through with it. And ffs, get Debuchy through the door.

    Been looking forward to this window ever since the Tweedle Twins dropped the ball on the summer window…now I just want it to be done and over with.

    With some prudent additions of course.

  • 15 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 1, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Torq
    Lol if only i waa getting paid the same as the little fecker!!!
    As for mirin if he’s as highly rated as that in france £3 mil seems like a pretty low risk investment, i saw someone post they didnt see the point in him coming if it wasn’t for first team, would have to disagree were so thin defensivly realistically we have room for him and a senior player and kets be honest if he’s good and has another good senior it wouldnt be too hard this season to take the vench spot from taylor or wilo, hell if colo carrys on with his performances would it be hard to knock hom out the team!
    At the end of the day we need competition we dont have any now and our defence has become very complacent!

  • 16 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 1, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Torq
    Lol if only i waa getting paid the same as the little f3cker!!!
    As for mirin if he’s as highly rated as that in france £3 mil seems like a pretty low risk investment, i saw someone post they didnt see the point in him coming if it wasn’t for first team, would have to disagree were so thin defensivly realistically we have room for him and a senior player and kets be honest if he’s good and has another good senior it wouldnt be too hard this season to take the vench spot from taylor or wilo, hell if colo carrys on with his performances would it be hard to knock hom out the team!
    At the end of the day we need competition we dont have any now and our defence has become very complacent!

  • 17 darrenfletcher88 // Jan 1, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Are we as Newcastle fans asking to much.20 million spent in the right areas will fire us up that table.am I just be wishfull as I don’t see mr Ashley spending his money but if he watched his club fall apart against arsenal he must be thinking somthing has to be done

  • 18 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    TADS – I think he is very low risk. Don’t get my wrong – I know in the real world £3mil is a lot of money – but in the footballing world it’s not. I think we could get him for less IMO and from what I’ve heard. He is more than capable of stepping up, especially if he is playing alongside an experienced defender in colo or tayls. He is further advanced in his skill set than Curtis Good and will surprise many in the prem if we can snap him up.

  • 19 TorqToon // Jan 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Again – could be paper talk, but Liverfool trying to loan David Villa??? If true that’s ridiculous. Signing sturridge for £12mil and already having Suarez, sterling and shelvey (as back up!)

    They have been looking at ismat-Marin also so expect a bid as they don’t do any scouting of their own.

  • 20 Toonboy12 // Jan 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Demba Ba’s release clause is catching on and other players are going that route and this really could be good for football. Chelsea were keen to sign Ba and in a normal transaction would probably risk a £15m bid but begrudge paying £7.5m plus add ons of say £4m to the leeches who “represent” him and find it repugnent to be exploited by these arrogant opportunists to a point where their distaste for the agents has lowered the actual sum they are willing to fork out thus driving the market costs down. The more clubs take the Chelsea stance and close ranks the quicker players will realise that their agents are not doing them any favours.

  • 21 Sav // Jan 1, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Lots of players have a clause but Ba’s is uniquely low for such a good player so Newcastle will get next to nowt from his sale. That is the real difference. He cost nothing to sign (although rumoured some more agents fees) and has played a blinder ever since. If we feel sick, how must Pulis and the Stoke fans feel?
    I think it shows how little confidence the club had when they picked up Demba as a replacement for Carroll. That is why the price is so low and if he’s on 20k per week plus 20 for appearances the club clearly drove a hard bargain (we’re talking in footballer terms) in that department and can hardly squawk too loudly now, almost 30 goals further on if Ba tries to make the most of his career.

  • 22 felling mag // Jan 1, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Demba Ba has took the piss long enough he should just f off he`s a greedy bastard who`s pissing the whole team off as well as us geordies. Pardew needs to get him sorted either way. Its making him look a right tool!! he has got to stop licking his arse!

  • 23 Sav // Jan 1, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Forget the fee and the release clause and his greedy agents for a moment? Every report I’ve read seems to agree that if/when he moves he will get 70 or 80k per week. But apparently we are only offering 60k and we expect him to come out with a statement saying he’d love to stay? Mashley has been paying a 20+ goal per season striker 20k per week plus a pay-as-you-play top-up. That is perhaps the lowest ‘top striker’ rate going. In the unreal world of footballer remuneration, can we have some realism, please?
    As a negotiating strategy, I’d suggest offering parity and see what the sharks say about that. If Mashley decides he can’t afford to break the pay ceiling, there’s no point in griping about it. Let’s just thank Ba and move on.




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