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Demba Ba For Papiss Cisse?

8 years ago

I think it is more than likely that Newcastle United’s first five Premier League fixtures have featured five clubs who will be in the bottom six or seven come next May.

If you are just waking up then of course I don’t mean Manchester City, as there were of course six teams involved in our first five fixtures.

The irony of course is that if only Newcastle could have got that one signing ‘over the line’ this summer then United currently could be sitting top of the table with that run of ‘easy’ games early on, such are the small margins at times between failure and relative success.

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Cisse was terrible for much of last season and it can’t be a massive shock that he has carried it through into this one, particularly when you add in whatever happened in the summer with wonga-gate, though it is doubtful we’ll ever know what that was really about.

It is ironic, in a very sad way, that if we had a player like Demba Ba (or equivalent ability – Gomis/whoever) available then I think it is very likely we’d have beaten a very poor West Ham team and had more then enough up front to offset poor defending against Hull – especially if they’d had more to think about at their end than Cisse ‘controlling’ the ball further than I can kick it!

Ba is of course miles away from Chelsea’s first team and didn’t even get on the bench yesterday. What a sad situation to see a player of his ability not playing football and a club of Newcastle’s stature unwilling to buy the essential striker we needed in the summer.

Paying the loan fee for Ba would have equalled money in the bank for Ashley as without doubt he’d have added double figure points to our total as he did both full seasons he was at St.James’ Park.

Being clever with finances does sometimes involve speculating to accumulate.


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