Agent: Magpies ace will leave if benched

Newcastle United striker Demba BaDemba Ba’s agent has claimed the striker will leave if regularly dropped to the substitute’s bench.

The Senegal international was Newcastle’s savoir on Monday rescuing an important Premier League point for the Toon Army after being brought on at half-time, scoring a vital brace in the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.

But the striker made it public post-match he is not happy to be considered an impact substitute and now his agent has also waded in, criticising Alan Pardew’s management.

Alex Gontran told The Northern Echo, “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 over solutions.

“Demba is happy at Newcastle. He is playing in the Premier League, with a lot of fellow French speakers and loves the club’s supporters. He would love to start every game but he respects the choice of the coach, even if he does not always understand or agree.”

Ba is one of the players who was continuously linked with a move away from Tyneside in the summer due to his £7 million contract buyout clause, which expired in January.  Once Ba remained beyond that date it was suspected the striker was content to stay with the Toon Army.