DembaBa14After Saturday’s game vs. City and now the inevitable rumble of speculation surrounding Demba Ba, his famous contract clause, and the will he/won’t he leave debate; I thought I’d weigh in with an opinion.

From the outside looking in, it’s a case of having an educated guess about certain things, but this is how I see it at the moment.

After the arrival of Papiss Cisse last January, Demba Ba was shifted out to the left of a front three and he played there for the remainder of the season. He scored once, on 5th February against Aston Villa and, as we all know, Cisse went and bagged 13!

We played some clinical football during that period; think West Brom, Swansea and Chelsea away. I had forgotten about Cisse’s second goal at Swansea, YouTube it now if you have to! However, off the pitch Demba Ba had a wee grumble and moaned about having to play on the left. Then, in the summer, we all sweated over certain players leaving and Pardew announced Ba would play through the middle, probably “90%” of the time this season.

Now we are where we are, and I think it is there for everyone to see, that there’s an issue between Ba &Cisse, which is proving detrimental to our season. Yes, Ba is scoring goals but clearly the team was, and is, better off when Cisse is played through the middle and Ba plays on the left.

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Pardew promised Ba that he will get his game through the middle and probably didn’t realise just how much it would affect Cisse’s form, and the team as a whole.

PapissCisse46Cisse’s performances this season make it clear he is wasted in a role out wide. He looked well and truly fed up after he was subbed on Saturday, I noticed a few animated shrugs and some arm waving between him and Ba regarding movement and passing, or in Ba’s case, not passing.

There appears to be no joy in playing them as a front two either, only briefly against Stoke and Wigan did it look like there might be a connection.

It’s a bit of a pickle now as the rumours start about Ba moving on; maybe it would be better if he just went? To me, he seems to be getting preferential treatment from Pardew about where he plays, purely because Pardew seems scared to lose him.

To move the team forward, I’m starting to think we would be better off without him. If we did sell him, it would force Pardew and hopefully Ashley’s hand, we would need at least 1 replacement, a proper strike partner for Cisse or a proper winger/wide forward to compliment him in a 4-3-3. If nothing is done then Pardew needs to find a way to fit them both in, or rotate them.

It’s a sad example of player power winning over and it shouldn’t have been allowed to get this far. But then imagine the fan revolt if, in the summer, Pardew had said to Ba he should play where he is told and then Ba jumps ship?

January will be interesting, something has to give, we can’t go on all season playing the two of them in a 4-3-3 and no progress has been made with the two of them playing as a partnership.


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GToon 5pts

The worrying thing about all of this is how we are everybody's dream team. We help Everton who can't win at home to their best performance. We reinvigorate Rooney and make their team look great. We then make Chelsea look that good that I honestly can't think how many players they could have gone down to before we stood a chance. Now let's get a few things straight.

Maclaren needs the sack. No discussion, no arguments. Sack him or get relegated.

Arrons is not a left back. He isn't even that good.

Sissoko has given up and needs to be dropped.

Coloccini needs to be dropped. He is that slow it's almost embarrassing.

Taylor is two stone overweight.

And as for that clown Tiote. In most of the games I have seen him play he is the oppositions best player.

Brendan Rodgers, Buck Rodgers, who cares. Any of them could do a better job. Even I could. At least we all have eighteen days off before the misery continues. Let's just hope Ashley realizes now is the time to do the right thing. Surely he understands that there is something lacking in the tactics when teams who are struggling against other opposition have a field day against us. It's happening time and time again. Time for change.

Sickandtiredstill 5pts

Seriously lads, just how bad does this need to be before everyone accepts the facts? Schteeve is a complete duck egg. Once again he set up to try and not lose rather than trying to win or at least force a draw. 

Never mind Aarons - the experienced 'pro's' were again shocking. Sissoko and Gini should be sent to the U21's and not allowed to return until they learn some passion, desire and commitment. Tiote again showed just how bad he actually is 99% of the time.

Schteeve confirmed just how bad he is 100% of the time. 

SimonM68 5pts

Tripe. Worst goal difference of anyone around us and 45 mins left.  At least would like to see Doumbia get some game time into his legs as he may be crucial in the games to come. Can't see any other possible benefit from the next 45 mins. Then again, I did walk out at 0-4 Arsenal lol. 

Alsteads 5pts

Let's just go down. Some more of this next season? No thanks. Surely FCB has got to pull the trigger. He is on par with JT FFS

Big Al 1967
Big Al 1967 5pts

17 minutes in and three down FFS. Yet again a gutless performance away from home with our supposed leader on the pitch Captain Colo backing off every time Chelsea attack. No doubt McClaren will want a 'reaction' yet again from these useless clowns next time