Demba Ba considering a return to England after contract terminated amid accusations
Demba Ba has been the best striker of these dismal 14 years under Mike Ashley.
Loic Remy probably the one that came closest in his single (2013/14) season with 14 goals in 24 Premier League starts, Papiss Cisse also one of the runners-up. Andy Carroll was promising much with 11 goals in 17 Premier League starts in 2010/11, only for Mike Ashley to cash in mid-season.
Newcastle fans hoping Callum Wilson might be the one to trump them all but with Steve Bruce’s negative tactics, it has been a tough opening season, with ten goals so far for the striker, four of them from the penalty spot.
Difficult to believe Demba Ba was at St James Park only 18 months, he made such a massive impression with 29 goals in 51 Premier League starts (plus three sub appearances).
Mike Ashley and his people desperate to push the message that Demba Ba left simply because he was greedy, though maybe more Newcastle fans are now ready to accept the possibility that the likes of Ba and Cabaye found the total lack of ambition under Ashley impossible to take. The two key players that took Newcastle United to fifth in 2011/12, only for Mike Ashley to refuse a single penny of net spend to try and build on that breakthrough season, only squad player Vurnon Anita arriving and paid for with a number of squad players sold, including Fraser Forster.
Now Demba Ba could be on his way back to England, as the striker admits this is one possible destination he is considering after Istanbul Basaksehir terminated his contract last month.
Despite being set to turn 36 this month (May 2021), the former Newcastle striker thinks he has at least another couple of years in him.
The contract termination came about to a background of increasing tension between player and manager, with then Demba Ba left out of the matchday squad for the derby against rivals Fenerbahce last month.
The Turkish media has suggested this was down to a row over Ramadan fasting with manager Aykut Kocaman but Demba Ba doesn’t think this is likely to have been the reason.
With 13 goals in 17 league starts (plus 11 from the bench) last season, Demba Ba showed he still had goals in him. Only five goals in 17 league starts this season but Istanbul Basaksehir have had a nightmare season, going from champions last season to currently 14th.
Demba Ba speaking to Sky Sports News:
“They said it was down to the fact they thought the coach would not play me much for the rest of the season.
“Because of the name I have and the respect they have for it they decided to terminate my contract early.
“But I think it’s more that sometimes I probably have a character that is too strong, I don’t hesitate to speak my mind and it doesn’t work every time.
“I had a talk with the coach in his office a few weeks ago about many things and I was probably too strong with him that day.
“I told him I didn’t like his body language after he told me he didn’t like mine but after that everything was fine.
“He told me he was going to start selecting players who can play the ball more instead of those who can run and fight and that I would start games.
“Then two weeks later we play Fenerbahce and I’m not even in the squad which I’m surprised about because this was not the conversation we had. But this is football – things change.
“I don’t believe the rumours are true and don’t want to believe them either because there are other players in the team who are still playing and fasting.
“But then I also have friends that told me before Ramadan came I won’t be playing because I will be fasting so when I was told (of my contract termination) it is a coincidence.
“I just want to enjoy my football for the last couple of years (of my career) and find joy again.
“I would say there have been some things that has taken the joy of football away more or less over the last few years but I’m a lover of the game and want to finish on a very good note.
“England could be an option but I’m not stuck on one country, one division or league – I’m just waiting to see what will come.
“It may end in another league, another country but I will make the best decision for myself and family.
“I would have loved to have two careers – one where I just travelled the world and visited countries, cultures and learnt about people because I love to do that.
“But then I would have loved another where I stayed at one club for 10, 12, 15 years because it’s special to do something like that.”
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