Newcastle United striker Demba Ba could look for a move away from the club if he does not regain his first-team place, according to his agent.
Ba started on the bench against Everton in United’s last game and came on at half-time to score twice in the 2-2 draw.
The striker scored 15 times in the first half of last season but after fellow countryman and Senegal international Papiss Cisse joined the club in January, he has played out-of-position, scored only once more last season, and against Everton was relegated to the bench.
Ba’s agent Alex Gontran told BBC Sport:
“Since returning from the African Cup of Nations, Demba doesn’t understand the management.
“If he continues to be a substitute all season, we’ll look at other solutions.”
Gontran did go on to insist that his client respects his manager’s tactical decisions, even if he disagrees with them and is happy at the club with “fellow French speakers” and that “he loves the club’s supporters”.
Ba told Sky Sports after the match against Everton:
“Lately I have not been so happy with some things going on, but after the bad comes the good and I can’t wait to see the good coming.”
But, one of the striker's goals was a landmark for Newcastle and he tweeted in the early hours of the day following the draw with Everton:
“Good night people. So proud for that 1,000th goal. I'm not a legend like people say, but nufc is a legendary club!!!”
His two goals against Everton took him to three in Newcastle’s opening four Premier League games this season.
Speculation over Ba’s future at Newcastle was constant over the summer due to the presence of a £7.5m release clause in his contract.
It was never triggered though and the 27-year-old stayed at the club despite rumoured interest from a number of sides.
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