I'm quite clearly happy to have Ba out of the team. The fact he was £7m isn't the clubs fault, he wouldn't have signed had the clause not been put in his contract. When you get called "the ultimate football mercenary" then that should explain everything. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/foo...mercenary.html
I can still vividly remember the first time I met Ba. It was an interview only a few hours after he had signed for Newcastle and I wanted to know why he had turned down offers from elsewhere.
Did he know about the region’s passion for football, the fans and their love for a striker? Did he like the stadium? Did the manager say something that helped make up his mind?
There was no excitement. No emotion. “I asked my agent, which club has made me the best offer? He said Newcastle so I signed for them.”
Summary of the modern footballer to be fair, something your club more than most will know about. I am disappointed though at how Pardew pandered to Ba and seemed to build a team around him when 1) it wasn't working 2) We had a striker right wing 3) he was obviously going to leave. He had no balls, just ridiculous to be fair. We've already got a striker of Ba's quality in Cisse, it's a left forward that we need.