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Demba Ba Talks About Alan Pardew’s French Mentality and The ‘Great’ John Terry

8 years ago

Demba Ba may have left Newcastle for the bright lights of London but that certainly hasn’t stopping him talking about the club and city he left behind.

Only on Saturday he tweeted; “I had a great afternoon with my man Yohan Cabaye. One of the nicest footballer I meet so far…;-)”.

On the subject of nice footballers, Demba has just been interviewed and talked about the “Great” John Terry, as well as Alan Pardew and the French mentality.

This is what Demba had to say to RMC over in France;

“Alan Pardew really likes the French mentality and they’re certainly finding their money’s worth over there.

When you see the real quality of the French players, they’re one of the best teams in the world.

When I arrived at Chelsea I was greeted by the great captain, John Terry, and i was immediately put at ease.

Here I’m at one of biggest clubs in Europe and each year they’ll recruit a striker, it’s part of football. This is what makes you better if you take it in the right way”.

I still think that if Newcastle United had invested in that extra striker last summer, whether it would have been Gouffran or whoever, the ball could have been chucked back into Ba’s court.

Instead he started the season knowing his place was certain and Alan Pardew had no alternative but to play him.

That coming to a head with the match at Goodison Park where the manager caved in to Ba’s demands to be played through the middle, which was at the expense of the team overall.

If Pardew had had an alternative to play wide left of the three as Ba had done so successfully previously, then either Demba would have accepted where he had to play for the team or Gouffran etc could have played there.

Either way Ba wouldn’t have scored quite the hatful of goals (though the team as a whole would have scored more in my opinion) that made Chelsea pay the over the top fees attached to the deal, as well as the buyout clause transfer fee, and there’d be every chance that Ba would still have been a Newcastle player, a plus for all of us and the only losers those who massively gained financially from the move, including the player.

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