There have been growing rumours regarding some form of unrest in the Newcastle United camp for the past few weeks.
Essentially it was something that was mentioned on Twitter by Steve Wraith that has now bubbled away and perpetuated itself into something bigger than it probably is.
Of course the fact that Demba Ba came out last night after the match and said that he hadn’t been happy with a few things has caused this player unrest train of thought to move forward with more gusto, but does everything have to be the doomsday scenario that some believe it to be, and isn’t there always some players unhappy over something or another at any club?
Now I’m not playing down these rumours. I don’t know anything about them ad I don’t have a “source” telling me what is what, so I can only go on what I see and what I hear. So what did we hear from Demba Ba?
“I was very determined, because lately I have not been so happy with some things,” said Ba in his post-match Sky interview. “Some things have been going on. When I got my boots on, I couldn’t wait.”
Naturally that has lead some to instantly think of United, but does it have to be that way? It’s possible Ba was unhappy about being placed on the bench, it’s also possible that he is unhappy about not featuring for Senegal isn’t it?
I like players who are unhappy about being dropped. It shows they want to play and that they want to earn their money. It also reminds them that they must perform to stay in the team, even though we have a wafer thin squad in places. I would advise a dropping of Papiss Cisse in the next game if it has the same impact it had on Ba!
Yes it’s possible that players aren’t overly enamoured by our lack of first team signings, but they’ll soon get over it if they are professional enough. They were all keen enough to buy into the philosophy last season and, being honest, they could earn bigger money elsewhere so didn’t have to join and could have held out for something more lucrative, easier even.
I’m neither denying or confirming there is some unrest in the camp, and neither should anyone unless they know otherwise themselves, no matter how “obvious” it may seem. All I’m saying is that unrest happens in most squads at some point and to just think about how serious it may or may not be and if it even does concern Newcastle anyway.
Yes Ba said what he said last night, but he also tweeted after the game himself and called Newcastle United a legendary club which seems to have been overlooked. He doesn’t sound too unhappy does he?
Onwards and upwards…