After Demba Ba scored another two goals in the Premier League for Newcastle United against Reading yesterday, there are more stories in the newspapers about a January exit, but is the Senegalese striker worth as much to the Magpies as Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini?
This morning the Sunday Mirror is reporting that Newcastle United are not prepared to give into Demba Ba’s wage demands, but if the numbers being documented are to be believed, then Ba’s representatives aren’t asking for too much.
The paper reports that Ba, who is currently on £50,000 a week, wants an extra £10,000 to take his wages to £60,000 a week, which would give him parity with Newcastle’s captain and one of the highest paid players at the club – Fabricio Coloccini.
While the Newcastle hierarchy aren’t in the mood for having terms dictated to them, this 20% increase would only cost the club an extra half a million pounds a year, with Ba’s earnings increasing from £2.5m to £3m.
Given the striker’s form at the start of this season and the 20-odd goals he scored last year, you’d have thought this would be more than worth a sports betting sites gamble for punters, while for the Magpies it would write off any contract clauses that currently allow Ba to leave for as little as £7m.
Is Ba worth as much to Newcastle United as captain Fabricio Coloccini? Both are, at this moment in time, invaluable to the club and their prospects this season.
While it is difficult to compare the value of certain players to a team, the hardest thing to do in the Premier League is score goals, something that Ba is making look easy right now.
I think this extra investment of half a million pounds in Demba Ba’s contract is a no-brainer and that Mike Ashley should open his cheque book and get the Senegalese striker tied down to Newcastle for the long-term.
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