“Demba wants to play in a central role. He wants to get himself chances to score goals, and I think that in 90% of the games next year that’s where he will play.”
But what could this mean?
Will Pardiola be abandoning his fancy foreign experiment with the 4-3-3 formation and return to his good old fashioned, decent, British 4-4-2 with Ba and Papiss Cisse as the two big lads upfront? Or will it be Cisse who will be shunted to the flank this time, or even left on the bench as an impact sub? (Admittedly, those last one would be somewhat doubtful!)
Alternatively, did he mean that he will be doing one of his customary 70th minute substitions every game, taking off Cisse, shutting up shop and giving Ba a twenty minutes + injury time go in the middle to stop him spitting his dummy out, hopefully with the team two or three goals up? If the aim is to keep Ba happy, I doubt in my own humble opinion that this will be completely effective.
There could also be two final alternatives, firstly that he was just trying to placate Ba until the transfer window was over, or secondly, that he was just saying whatever came into his head at the time without engaging his critical faculties (again).
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