Alan Pardew has confirmed that Demba Ba will join Chelsea, and that follows Newcastle’s 11 defeats in the last 13 league games, and things at the moment look very bleak on Tyneside.
Demba Ba – waving goodbye – I’m off
The 27 year-old Senegal striker was left our of Newcastle’s squad for the game against Everton last night, after Chelsea came in with a £7M offer that met Ba’s release price in his contract.
And after Chelsea’s shock 1-0 loss to bottom of the table QPR last night – they gained 3 points on Newcastle – Blues manager Rafael Benitez said this after the game:
“Fernando Torres is one of the players we need to rest, he has been playing too many games. I don’t have any official information about the situation. Officially Ba is not our player. The club are working on it and we can talk about him when it’s official.”
“If we can do the business then, hopefully, he can be available for the weekend.”
And it must be hard for Newcastle fans to not think that Ba has deserted a Newcastle side in trouble, and he simply followed the money, and the Magpies are now only two points above the drop zone, and we cannot seem to stop losing at the moment.
But Alan Pardew was strangely upbeat about Ba’s departure:
‘It’s done, he’ll go to Chelsea with our blessing.” “‘For us, it’s not a bad thing because all the uncertainty over whether he was going to stay, it’s now done. We are bigger than any player so in some respects I’m pleased.”
The Senegal striker, 27, joined Newcastle in 2011 on a free transfer from West Ham and he scored 29 goals in 58 games for Newcastle, and how we’ll do without him we have no idea.
But last night’s loss to Everton has sent alarm bells through St. James’ Park and this coupled with Ba’s imminent departure makes things look just a little bleak at the moment on Tyneside..
Newcastle are trying to sing Loic Remy from Marseilles, but other clubs are also interested in the 25 year-old, and with Newcastle now being 6th bottom of the league and on a terrible run of results, it could even be difficult to attract some good players to the club in January.
We thank Demba Ba for a great 18 months, but are disappointed he elected to leave us half-way through the season for better money in London.
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