It is being reported in the Daily Mail that Newcastle United’s Senegalese strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse aren’t the best of friends, but is there really a rift at Newcastle or are the media just trying to create trouble on the Toon?
One of the huge positives for Newcastle United over the past couple of season has been the team spirit that first Chris Hughton and now Alan Pardew have managed to instil at the club.
Previous troublesome characters have been sold, while disruptive influences still at the club, such as Nile Ranger, are kept away from the first team and the dressing room.
The players are thought to get on really well, especially the French speaking ones likes Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, so could the latter pair really not like each other?
The story of a potential rift was reported in the Daily Mail earlier this week, as they compared the situation to the one experienced at Old Trafford a few years ago.
The paper said: “It is unlikely their [Ba and Cisse’s] shared ordeal during the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying riot will improve the relationship of Newcastle’s Senegalese strikers Cisse and Ba. They’re said to get on about as well as Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham did at Manchester United.”
But are they really not the best of friends, or has this story come about just because they haven’t jelled on the pitch yet and they don’t seem to be able to form a combination that brings out the best of both of them.
I reckon it’s just the media trying to stir up a bit of trouble, but even if it is true, they don’t have to spend every minute of every day together, as long as they form a successful partnership on the pitch then that’s all that matters.
The question is whether there’s enough room for both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in the Newcastle United starting line-up?
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