Last season, Newcastle United shocked the football world when they finished fifth in the Premier League table at 19-8-11. With 65 points, the Magpies finished five points behind Arsenal for a Europa League place.
It was a stunning change of fortunes for a club that finished the 2010-11 season in 12th place at a woeful 11-13-14.
Much of this success can be credited to the 2011 offseason acquisition of striker Demba Ba.
Ba made an immediate impact, recording a hat trick in his first goal-scoring appearance on Sept. 24. Ba would finish with a team-leading 16 goals in 36 appearances.
This season, Ba’s success has continued—he is currently tied for the league lead in goals with six—however, the Magpies’ good fortunes haven’t.
Newcastle United currently sit in 11th place at 2-4-2.
Add to that what is believed to be the impending departure of Ba during the January transfer window and Tyneside is sure to be in a frenzy.
With a £7 million buyout clause reactivating in January, there is not much to stop the vultures from circling.
While Ba has no doubt proven invaluable to the Magpies, they might just be better off without him.
Here are three reasons the Magpies shouldn’t keep Ba.