Will public feeling on Tyneside be enough to keep Demba Ba?

By Lee Ryder on Apr 14, 12 12:27 PM

Don't get me wrong - if Demba Ba is lining up for Newcastle United in a black and white shirt next season you won't find a proper Geordie who isn't happy about it.

But if he opts to move, which some people believe is now looking on the cards - few would be surprised given football's everchanging climate when it comes to recruitment.

Ba has been fantastic in his first season and with 16 goals so far has exceeded many pre-season expectations.

Unsurprisingly, this has resulted in football's vultures circling the Magpies' nest and as the season nears the finishing line.

Ba is understood to be wanted by Paris St Germain while Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Redknapp has also been vocal about the striker in the last few months.

Recently Alan Pardew indicated Ba could be looking to move on at the end of the season.

Back on March 24, he said: "Demba's an emotional person - it isn't all about money.

"And it might be nice for the fans to make him want to stay.

"I think he'll respond to that.

"He took a chance on us, and we took a chance on him.

"It would be nice in the final few home games to have a tidal wave of emotion to make him to stay.

"It would hurt him to leave, and we want him to stay."

It is well known that Ba has a release clause in his contract, something that Ba's representatives insisted went in his deal when he signed for the club.

Yesterday's story that United are also understood to have looked a possible replacements prompted more feeling from the Tyneside public for Ba to stay.

But whether we like it or not, the clause in his contract all leaves Ba's future vulnerable.

Ba's agent is always going to be looking for the best deal for his player and the facts are that should the clause be activated, it will be up to Newcastle to either draw up a new deal or face losing a player the club admit they "took a chance on" last summer.

Player departures aren't new at United.

If anything player movement is all part of the ploy these days and like Jose Enrique, Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Andy Carroll and the likes Habib Beye, Seb Bassong, Oba Martins and Damien Duff before, Newcastle have proved that no player is bigger than the club or more importantly the fans.

Potential new stars are always around the corner, you only need to look at Yohan Cabaye or Papiss Cisse to see that.

Newcastle deserve credit for having a Plan B and it's good to see the backroom staff organised with memories of Andy Carroll's departure still fresh in the minds of fans.

Whether Ba stays or goes remains to be seen, but he needs only look to recent departees to realise that life in Newcastle simply goes on after big names leave.


stephen williamson said:

after being brought up through the lord westwood days nothing ever surprises me now.the only thing what might make him stay apart from european football,is he is best mate cisse is here,even if he does go i think they will have somebody lined up.steve


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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