After salvaging a draw for Newcastle United against Everton at Goodison Park in a pulsating Premier League encounter, Newcastle striker Demba Ba might have been ‘playing angry’ but he has more than one reason to smile.
Last night’s match was incredible. Everton should have put us out of sight before half-time and in a much more evenly matched second half had at least one ‘legitimate’ goal ruled out, but Newcastle showed plenty of spirit to stay in the match.
Demba Ba showed why he shouldn’t start on the bench in the best way possible, by scoring two goals, but the comments made by his agent today are slightly disappointing and ill-advised at best.
Ba’s agent, Alex Gontran, told BBC Sport: “Since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations, Demba doesn’t understand the management. If he continues to be a substitute all season, we’ll look at other solutions.”
Gontran continued: “There was a lack of recognition for Demba. It is more difficult to play well when you don’t have the confidence of your staff.” A thought echoed by Ba’s brother on Twitter who said that he thought Alan Pardew was ‘crazy’.
This is hardly ideal, but if these conditions result in Ba scoring two goals every game then I’m all for it and Demba himself seemed fairly happy as he Tweeted that ‘nufc is a legendary club’ and that he was ‘so proud for that 1,000th [Newcastle Premier League] goal’.
This achievement is one thing Demba has to smile about, with the other being his teeth, as while he might score braces on the pitch, he doesn’t need one off it; today Tweeting: ‘Just walking out the dentist. He said my teeth are perfect. That deserve a big smile :-)’
There will always be competition for places, but right now it’s Demba Ba not Papiss Cisse who is the striker in form and Pardew has to decide whether there’s room for both of them. If not then Cisse will have to make way, for now…