Demba Ba disillusioned with Newcastle United

WELL DONE PAL: Demba Ba (right) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring at Everton on Monday night
WELL DONE PAL: Demba Ba (right) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring at Everton on Monday night

DEMBA Ba’s agent says the striker is growing disillusioned with his role at Newcastle United.

Ba came off the bench to score two goals in Monday night’s 2-2 draw against Everton at Goodison Park.

The striker hinted at his unhappiness behind the scenes after the game, while his brother, Hamady, labelled United manager Alan Pardew “crazy” for dropping him from his starting XI.

And the 27-year-old’s representative, Alex Gontran, has claimed Ba “doesn’t understand the management” at the club.

Ba was switched to a role on the left wing after Papiss Demba Cisse’s arrival in January and this change frustrated the Senegal international, according to Gontron.

His goals dried up in the second half of the campaign, though Cisse profited from the move.

“Since returning from the African Cup of Nations, Demba doesn’t understand the management,” Gontran told BBC Sport.

“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 is a lack of recognition for Demba. It’s more difficult to play well when you don’t have the confidence of your staff.”

Ba’s future was the subect of speculation all summer after Harry Redknapp revealed he had a £7m release clause in his contract.

He stayed om Tyneside, to the relief of Pardew, but Gontran has suggested he will consider his future.

“If he continues to be a substitute all season, we’ll look at other solutions,” added Gontran.

“Demba is happy at Newcastle. He’s playing in the Premier League with a lot of fellow French speakers, and he loves the club’s supporters.

“He would like to start every game, but he respects the choice of the coach, even if he doesn’t understand or agree.”

But it is understood that Alan Pardew wants to keep Ba on Tyneside.