Demba Ba agent hits out at Alan Pardew

Demba Ba’s future at Newcastle has been put in doubt after his agent lambasted the Magpies’ manager Alan Pardew for dropping the Senegal international for last Monday night’s game at Everton.

Ba, who was Newcastle’s top scorer last season with 16 goals having moved on a free transfer from West Ham in the summer of 2011, came off the bench to score twice and rescue a point from his side after a first half in which Newcastle struggled to cope with Everton.

However, according to the Independent, Ba’s agent Alex Gontran revealed that his client is unhappy with Pardew’s decision to select fellow Senegalese Papiss Cisse ahead of Ba.

“Since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations, Demba doesn’t understand the management,” said Gontran. “If he continues to be a substitute all season, we’ll look at other solutions. The choice to put Demba on the left last season was good for the club because Cissee 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.”

Ba has started the season relatively well, scoring Newcastle’s opening goal of their Premier League campaign at home to Tottenham before scoring two at Goodison Park on Monday, while compatriot Cisse has yet to find the net.

Newcastle travel to Portugal to face Maritimo in their opening group stage match of the Europa League on Thursday before welcoming Norwich to the Sports Direct Arena in the league on Sunday afternoon.

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