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Frustrated Ba 'doesn't understand' Pardew decisions

ESPN staff
September 18, 2012
Demba Ba was on form against Everton © Getty Images

The agent of Newcastle United striker Demba Ba has said the forward "doesn't understand the management" and may look to leave in the summer if his situation does not improve.

Ba had started all three of Newcastle's Premier League games prior to Monday's 2-2 draw against Everton, where he came off the bench to score twice at Goodison Park.

But the Senegalese has often been forced to play a supporting role to compatriot Papiss Cisse since the ex-Freiburg hitman moved to the Premier League in January, a situation that has grown increasingly frustrating.

Ba's agent, Alex Gontran, warned that his client may be forced to consider his future if things do not change.

"Since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations [in January], Demba doesn't understand the management," Gontran told BBC Sport. "If he continues to be a substitute all season, we'll look at other solutions."

He added: "How could you put your best striker with full confidence on the left wing?

"The choice to put Demba on the left last season was good for the club, because Cisse scored 13 goals.

"But 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."

Pardew said after Monday's contest that he could not keep everyone in the squad happy and "sometimes players play better when they're angry," perhaps indicating he was aware of Ba's dissatisfaction.

Ba's future has been speculated about for many months, amid reports that there is a release clause of around £8 million included in his contract. But Gontran moved to stress that his client is settled in the north east and will not try to engineer a move - as long as his playing situation improves.

"Demba is happy at Newcastle. He is playing in the Premier League, with lot of fellow French speakers and he loves the club's supporters," Gontran added.

"He would like to start every game but he respects the choice of the coach, even if he does not always understand or agree."

Gontran is not the only member of Ba's entourage to have expressed frustration with the player's situation - Ba's brother, Hamady, took to Twitter on Monday to brand Pardew "crazy" after he was left out of the starting XI for the game at Goodison Park.

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