The Europa League game against S.C. Maritimo last night was always going to stay centre-stage as far as I was concerned.
At the end of the day we are all fans of the football, and not the politics that surrounds the inner workings of the club.
Now the match is out of the way though I feel compelled to chip my two penneth worth of opinion into the whole Demba Ba debate that has spilled out as a result of the Everton game on Monday night. Ba may have made a point on the pitch, but for me he is becoming far too much hassle than he is worth and somewhere, somehow, a line must be drawn.
Ba was dropped to the bench for the Everton match which in fairness is probably harsh and perhaps Papiss Cisse should have paid the price for his substandard showings this season, but at the end of the day it was the decision for the manager to make and, rightly or wrongly, he made it.
The way Ba responded on the pitch was superb, the best possible riposte he could have made. If he wanted to show the manager he had made the wrong call by dropping him then his two goals, albeit courtesy of two rare Tim Howard lapses in concentration, were exactly the way to “shove two fingers up” at the boss and make him think twice about dropping Ba again.
What happened prior to, and shortly after, the match was embarrassing however. Soon after the team sheet was announced, Ba’s brother took to Twitter to lambast Alan Pardew. Then soon after the game we heard Demba Ba cryptically tell the world that he hadn’t been happy about some stuff that had been going on, although that was all we heard leaving the door wide open to speculation.
Then the very next day we heard from his agent how Ba would be looking to leave United if he was continually dropped or played out of his favoured central striking position, although he did also add that Ba was happy at Newcastle in that very same interview.
To me this whole circus needs to stop. Ba may well quite often say how much he likes it at Newcastle and how he loves the fans, but his actions seem to suggest otherwise. In fact looking back he has been rather ruthless at all of the clubs he has been at throughout his career which leaves me wondering whether we are just another stepping stone in Demba Ba’s path to financial greatness.
Firstly he went on strike at Hoffenheim in an attempt to force through a move to the Premier League with Stoke City. That move fell through due to a problem with his medical and he signed for West Ham instead. He was relegated at Upton Park and invoked a release clause in his contract which saw him sign for Newcastle where it has subsequently been discovered that he has another clause in his contract allowing him to leave for a fee believed to be in the region of £7 million.
Now let me clear this up, I would absolutely love Ba to stay and he is one of my favourite United stars at this moment in time. But there comes a time when it’s best for a player to move on, and I think Demba Ba is getting that way. He needs to learn to wind his entourage in, keep things private, and learn that sometimes you can’t have everything your own way.
Just my thoughts anyway…