A Fairy-tale story straight out of Senegal, Demba Ba has become one of the most sought after players in the Premier League this summer, after an illustrious campaign with Newcastle. Unfortunately the ogre in this Fairy-tale is his evil contract, which states that Ba can leave the club for a meagre £7 million. With such a magnificent season under his belt, Derek Llambias refuses to increase Ba’s wages in order to eradicate the release clause, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph. Fans at St. James Park must be scratching their heads as to why they are choosing not to tie down their striker but are instead accommodating for a bombardment of transfer speculation and rumours that will undoubtedly unsettle Ba and his teammates.
The arrival of Papiss Cisse in January changed the entire landscape of Demba Ba and his future with Newcastle. The unexpected form of Newcastle’s new no. 9 left Ba in an unfamiliar position in the team. His ineffectual performances and Cisse’s incredible dominance in front of goal now means that Ba is not the Magpies’ most valuable asset. With this in mind, Chief Exec Llambias announced that no plans had been made to increase Ba’s wages in order to eliminate his ridiculous release clause. With finances on Tyneside running smoother than ever, the club are hesitant to increase one player’s wages on form alone. However, after one of Newcastle’s most successful seasons in recent years, the idea that the club would not accommodate a wage increase for Ba is unbelievable. To disrupt a team in such a sparkling vein of form by removing one of its foundations, could destroy the whole metaphorical building. Ba is pivotal in rebuilding the club as a top 6 team. Not only are his abilities on the pitch vital, his presence off the pitch is just as important. With Papiss Cisse admitting that it would have been tough to settle in the North-East had it not been for his Senegalese teammate, allowing Ba to leave could end the glorious form of the former Freiburg striker.
However, what has not been questioned is Demba Ba and his commitment to Newcastle. Obviously aware of the clause in his contract, the French Born striker could see this summer as an opportunity to advance his career by joining one of Europe’s elite clubs. It is no surprise that Ba has been linked with a never ending list of clubs that see his bargain transfer fee as an opportunity to snatch a player at the top of his game. Chelsea, PSG, Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man United and AC Milan will be laughing if they manage to prize Ba away from St. James Park for so little. For these interested parties, £7 million is pocket fluff. Newcastle’s number 19 is now in a win-win situation. If he stays at Newcastle, chances are his wages will increase considerably, if he leaves, he faces the prospect of joining a club where silverware is not uncommon.
Officially the manager of the season, Alan Pardew surely has the sense to refute Llambias’ stance on Demba Ba and the surrounding contract issue. Ba was the key man in seeing the Magpies meteoric rise in the table and to offload him is surely not in the current plans of the former West Ham manager. If Newcastle tie Ba down to a long term contract and he produces another dazzling season, the offers that the club could receive for him this time next year could triple from his release clause value.
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