Toon 'Pie Man' Takes A Dig At Demba Ba!
By Footy Mad - Editor
Updated Wednesday, 20th June 2012
Demba Ba is playing a waiting game to see what offers are pushed his way this summer transfer window ... and former Toon striker Mick Quinn says he is insulting the Toon Army.
Ba has been linked with a host of sides this summer including West Ham, Galatasaray and Paris St-Germain, because of the player’s £7m release clause.
The Chronicle reported on June 11 that Newcastle want to know what Ba’s plans are before pre-season training resumes next month ... but all we have had from him is a weird Youtube video that suggests it could be "Goodbye".
Alan Pardew appealed to fans late last season to roar Ba on in the last few games in order to get him to stay on at St James’ Park – suggesting the Toon boss expects him to look elsewhere.
Mick Quinn: “There is no room at the club for players who aren’t committed.
“If he doesn’t want to stay at Newcastle United and wants to be greedy, then it’s got to be a case of bye-bye Ba for me.
“All the fans would like to know is one thing, and that’s whether he’s committed to staying at the club that signed him on a free transfer last summer and took a chance on him.
“His career is at a cross-roads in some ways.
“If he wants to achieve something and have a great career with Newcastle and become a legend along the way, he can.
“But if he wants to simply go and earn a bucket load of cash, then for me he’s better off leaving now.
“I don’t care what he achieved last season – it’s goodbye if you don’t want to be at Newcastle these days.
“No disrespect to Demba, he looked like he was on fire in the first half of the season.
“But after that he couldn’t score.
“Yes, I know he was played out wide – but even then you’d expect one or two.
“Look at what has been achieved in the last two years since promotion for Newcastle.
“Stability and then European qualification.
“That isn’t achieved by prostituting yourself around different clubs because you have a good season.
“It is achieved by players who tap into the team spirit, put the egos down and work together and away from cliques like the bad old days.
“Demba is a great player but if your heart isn’t in it, then it’s time to move on and let somebody pull on the black and white shirt that wants to be here. It’s as simple as that.”