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Demba Ba – The Gentleman Mercenary

8:57 am, Saturday, January 5th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

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.

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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?

Not much.

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.

What do you think?

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25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 AMEOBI // Jan 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Good morning all, anyone else at the Brighton game today? I’m still on me way about 45miles till Dover, looking forward to it like

  • 2 Pardews Perfect Battleplan // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    he’s a mercenary but did a good job for us. no ill feeling here. hope cisse gets into form in his rightful position

  • 3 corkypants85 // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Stop harping on about demba hes gone time for young cammy to get his chance i think!!!!

  • 4 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Mercenaries usually do a great job (isn’t that why you hire them?) lol

    …I just don’t like them (they are part of the problem for us fans you loves football)

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    *you = who

  • 6 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    We really should have got this lad to Newcastle. For £7m he was a steal :)

    Not sure how well he’d work with wor Cisse mind ;)

  • 7 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Jesper….How about some The Who this morning (the band)?

    “You are who,
    you you, you you,
    You are who,
    you you, you you”

    you = who
    who = you

    Yes, I am bored. Not too long until kick off though :)

  • 8 magpie6699 // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Independent is saying QPR are ahead of us in bid to sign Remy because they are offering much higher wages. Oi fort “Arry was trying to bring some sense to QPR wage bill??

  • 9 Shiremagpies // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Ibiza, goodest of mornings to you fine sir.. so i see we are back onto the douglas news…. oh and 2 hrs and 46 mins to be precise as the time at the next bong sponsored by accurist suggests.

  • 10 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    magpie…Let them have it (the moment, not the player :) ), it’s not like they’re going to be ahead of many teams in any other aspect this season….unless your Chelsea of course ;)

  • 11 Thump // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    I think we should stop fretting about not getting our moneys worth on Demba Ba and realise that we likely should have gave him a larger contract much earlier. It’s quite obvious that his knee is nowhere near as bad as it was made out to be and we dawdled until now to get rid of that release clause. We were stupid and we were bitten. Simple.

    On the same note, I love how upset the Scousers were about getting Sturridge instead of Ba. Good bit of business by Chelsea, though.

    @Ameobi: Aye mate, I’ll be there! You’ll likely find me wandering around the ground trying to figure out where the away support goes in haha

  • 12 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Now Ibiza that is some good humor ;) lol

  • 13 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Shire….A good morning to you too :) Sorry about running off last night.

    Oh how I miss the talking clock. Does anyone know his international number as I fancy a little catch up?

    It was only a matter of time before we got back on Douglas news. Did you see Pardews comments yesterday about an attacker being priority and then a CB? What’s your thoughts if he’s been told he only has x amount to spend and he’s not confident of getting the ST and CB he wants or needs?

    Tough one. I’m hoping they pull something off and get both in, it really is needed imo.

  • 14 Offkey // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    I have no real issue with Ba being a mercenary and would have thanked him for his goals and performances during his time with us. My issue is with what he said after the move, it could have been done so much better, dissappointed more than anything as it has left a bitter taste where there probably should not be.

  • 15 jimmysmith // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Gentleman’s a stretch, surely.

  • 16 Thump // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Agreed completely, Offkey. Completely so.

  • 17 geoff777 // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    A contract is a contract … sign it and you have to live by the terms.

    2 points above relegation and we lose our top goalscorer.
    I´m surprised there isn´t more panic on here.
    The teams around us are starting to win …

    Wallet out Ashley … it´s well past the time to replace Sol Campbell, Best, Lovenkrands … Ba

  • 18 Whoarya.com // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Another lesson learned

    Ba signed the contract offered then over performed and took full advantage.

    He is now with an owner with similar ethics

  • 19 mansize scotty // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Morning people’s hope today doesn’t degenerate into a witch hunt against proud again! Lol give the man a bit of slack,,,

  • 20 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Get Scotty!!! :)

  • 21 mansize scotty // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Lol,, leave me alone,, I found it quite amusing how some people get so animated over one mans predictions!!!

  • 22 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Many have trusted and been hurt before. Just like you remember your first girlfriend, you’ll always remember your first ITK :)

  • 23 Scotty // Jan 5, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    If this player goes to qpr for silly wages and nothing else then good riddance…. I don’t want him or any others like him….. I’m just sick to death of this toon media circus… Seriously, for the last 10 years or so, how many good feel factor stories do you read involving nufc???

    Really sick of it all…. And the man at the helm, although he has balanced the books, he still uses this club as an experiment.

    If he’d not received so much money for Andy Carroll – I personally think the club would have been sold by now – and we might of had an owner in who actually cares about what the fans think….

  • 24 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jan 5, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    I have absolutely no ill Feelings towards BA!

    The club sey up the contract when they got him from West Ham and basically cocked up, when they arranged it !
    Stupid and Naive!

    BA is a top player as he proved last season and the top players earn top wages, which we were not paying, it really is as simple as that! Chelsea will be paying him double and won,t be fannying around with any release clauses in setting up Players contracts ! We caused this problem , not BA!

    Thanks for the memories Demba!

  • 25 Graeme // Jan 5, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    I thought Demba Ba was a Chelski player?

    Why are we wasting time and effort on another teams problems?? Beats me




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