We had a team of players who actually wanted to play for Newcastle. Gone were the days of the players who just wanted a quick cash injection and then move on, gone was the greed. Here we had a buoyant squad who had a fantastic spirit and actually seemed to care about our team…or so I thought!
Since our success, I feel that players are expecting more, demanding more and suddenly I feel a tremor in the ground and unsettlement in the air.
It may be media talk, it may not, but I’m not liking the noises from the Demba Ba camp this season, and I do think that there’s been some unsettlement in a number of areas.
Firstly, the temper and disdain shown about not playing where he wants to and his attitude towards it, we were a lot more balanced last year when he played on the left of a front 3 – that’s no more. Then there’s the release clause and turning down vast sums of money, whilst giving interviews to French TV about how he allegedly loves Arsenal and how they need a striker.
We took a gamble on Demba Ba when other teams wouldn’t, we have given him the platform to perform, he should stay and settle and continue to deliver, or get the hell out.
I say thanks for the Goals, thanks for the 7million, take your syrup and see ya.
I say to Danny Simpson, sign or go.
I say to anyone else who doesn’t want to stay or starts holding the club to ransom, see ya – go.
I would prefer to play some of the younger talent and give them experience, I would prefer to go and get players who have made it known that they want to play for the club.
The best thing that happened to us in recent years was relegation and seeing who was up for the fight, who felt loyalty and most of all, getting rid of the players who just didn’t fancy it.
I want to see 11 players playing who are committed to doing their best for us week in week out, then we may get more performances like the display at the weekend against Manchester City.
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