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More Dembas, Less Sholas

8 years ago
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As a football club, or even looking at it simply as a normal business, Newcastle United operate in a pretty strange way.

The everlasting Demba Ba contract situation maybe sums it up better than anything and this is what Alan Pardew has had to say about it this week;

“Yes it’s tiresome to talk about and yes, it is a distraction. I think if I was a player here it would annoy me because it’s constantly about Demba. If they pick up a paper it’s all about Demba and obviously we know it isn’t, but you know, it has taken away from the important issues that we have got.

It is unfortunate but the contract he has leaves open a lot of questions every week. We have the clause and every window that comes around I have to answer the same questions.

I think he’d be disappointed to leave in this window, for this club and for his teammates, but the decision will be his ultimately because that clause is there.

I’ve never had to question his commitment, the most important thing we’ve got with Demba is somebody who is a goalscorer and who is scoring goals – which is very important to a team.

His workrate and commitment to the team I can’t fault”.

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So yet again we have Alan Pardew having to answer every single question about every aspect of Newcastle United, with no back-up from the club hierarchy.

It has been made clear in the past, even by the manager himself, that once things get to a certain stage in terms of potential transfers, in and out, it is out of his hands.

In his quotes above it looks to me like Alan Pardew is at long last getting sick of the position he constantly finds himself in. Having to defend/discuss things he has absolutely no influence on.

I get the feeling he would be pushing the boat out to keep Ba but that Llambias/Ashley don’t see it that way, much like ignoring the manager’s essential wish list of transfer targets in the summer because they thought they knew best and the squad was strong enough.

As for Demba Ba’s contract, it is always conveniently forgotten that it takes two parties to make a contract and while Newcastle didn’t have to pay a transfer fee they were happy to agree a figure that would activate a transfer if the player wished it so.

Newcastle got a player for nothing who has been excellent for us, his value both in terms of transfer market value and in wages has clearly changed.

If the two parties can’t find a point where they agree, does it really make Demba Ba such a terrible person. As Alan Pardew says, you can’t question Ba’s commitment on the pitch.

Are we forgetting what is important? I know he is a bit of a cult hero to some of you but is it little wonder there is never a problem with Shola Ameobi agreeing a new contract every time it comes around. A player that has had a whole career of wages from Newcastle United for not a lot back for much of the time.

I would argue that we are almost certainly paying Shola well over the odds, as he is a reserve striker and has been in his entire NUFC career, and Demba Ba paid well below his value as we look at the position today.

Newcastle United need to back their manager to keep his best players, we need more Dembas and not more Sholas.

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