Hindsight is 20/20 which means when you look back on the situation everything is clear about what should have happened – but that’s only because you know the outcome.
Demba Ba – a gentleman and mercenary
It’s the same as being a Monday morning quarter back – and Newcastle are coming under criticism for the release clause they opted to put into Demba Ba’s contract, when we signed him in June of 2011.
It was because of Ba’s knee injury, and his failing the Stoke City medical two years ago, that Newcastle were wary of being left with an injured player who they had to pay big wages to – so they opted to have half his £45K/week wages based on appearances.
In return Newcastle agreed with the agents (all 23 of them), that there would be a £7M release clause in his contract, which became active in twelve months and then in every transfer window after that.
The agreement has back-fired on Newcastle big time, because Ba’s 29 goals in 58 appearances made him one of the top strikers in the Premier League and has led to him leaving mid-way through the season – when Newcastle are in a bit of trouble near the bottom of the league.
Newcastle had hoped Demba Ba would be loyal to them, but how much is loyalty worth when big money is at stake, and his agents could get another £2M pay day off their client?
And not only have we lost him at a bad time in the season, but he would have been worth around £20M in the transfer market without the release clause, and we cannot even say we got good value for him.
That’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes, but we have to get over it – and most news reports in the last couple of days admit that Ba is nothing more than a mercenary – but a polite and truthful one.
Such is the state of big money football today.
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