Demba Ba Scores One Goal Every Two Games


Former Newcatsle right back Habib Beye has talked today about his close pal Demba Ba, who signed for Newcastle just over a week ago, as a free agent.

Demba Ba – currently averages one goal for every two games

We had been told that when Demba Ba was told Newcastle were after him, he was more than anxious to sign for the top North East club,  and seemed to know a lot about the fans and the history of Newcastle United.

Now we know that’s because he is close pals with Habib Beye, and both are Senegal Internationals, and Habib had told him all about Tyneside, and the famous Newcastle United club.

Not surprisingly Ba also talked to Habib before he signed on at Newcastle, but we must say by all reports, Newcastle were always in the driver’s seat to get this player, whose record is that of a top striker, as we’ll explore later.

Beye has today talked in glowing terms about Ba to the local Newcastle press corps:

“The Newcastle fans will love and appreciate Demba.” “I have spoken to him and given  him my best wishes, I knew straight away that Newcastle United was the club for him.”

“And I think that the fans will take to him straight away at St James’ Park because he is a player who works so hard and gets the goals as well.”

“For me Demba was one of the top three our four strikers in the Bundesliga not so long ago,  and being in one of the top leagues on the Continent, makes him in my eyes one of the best strikers in Europe on his day.”

“I think it will be great for him in Newcastle.” “If he enjoys his time at the club as much as I enjoyed my two-and-a-half years then he hasn’t gone too far wrong in my opinion.”

“If things had have been different he’s the type of player that I would love to have played alongside in a black-and-white shirt.”

When in the Budesliga League from 2007 through the end of last year, Ba scored 40 goals in 103 appearances for 1899 Hoffenheim, and this year he scored 7 goals in 13 appearances for West Ham in the English Premier League.

Before he joined the Bundelsia he played at Rouen in the French 3rd division (26 appearances 22 goals) and at Belgian club Mouscron (12 appearances 8 goals)

So allowing for the fact he  has played at different levels in different countries, his overall record is 77 goals in 151 first team games.

That’s better then one goal every two goals,  so let’s see – what’s 50% of 38?

😀

That record is what the great Alan Shearer achieved over more than 700 first team games in his career, and to be more precise, Alan scored 379 goals in 733 first team appearances – just an unbelievable scoring record.

Habib left Newcastle in the summer following relegation, but he has had a terrible time of things at Aston Villa, and had played very few games – in fact only 9 appearances since he left Newcastle for around £2.5M when Martin O’Neil was Villa manager.

Habib was our Newcastle United Player of the Season in his first season on Tyneside in 2007-2008, and still owns a home in the plush Darras Hall Estate,  and is a frequent visitor to Newcatsle.

Habib is available on a free transfer at Aston Villa this summer, even though he has one year left on his contract.

Habib would probably be well advised to join a club where he can play regularly next season, after essentially two wasted seasons at Villa, since electing to leave Newcastle two years ago.

Comments very welcome.



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487 comments so far

  • luke-k

    Jun 25, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #1

    If your a true nufc fan youve got to watch this
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPGe9OrT53Y

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  • luke-k

    Jun 25, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #2

    newcastle 5-0 man u oh happy days

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  • luke-k

    Jun 25, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #3

    newcastle 3-2 barca oh happy days

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  • luke-k

    Jun 25, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #4

    watch this vid every single demba ba goal
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp930AznFKk

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  • luke-k

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #5

    listen to short audio at side of this page unbelievable its radio commentary of nufc 4-4 arsenal commentator after tiotes goal is going mental lol

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  • MykToonFan

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Rumours flying around that Erding has signed a 5 year deal…

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #7

    When I say this I mean it, big Demba is an absolute monster, I have watched him for the past two seasons and was devastated when he went to the bubble blowing conts, he batters centre halfs, runs the channels, bags of skill, an excellent touch, brilliant in the air, and can Finnish like an Alan shearer. He is a massive signing and will be the bargain of the season. Pure quality.

    Sylvain marveux is very very exciting, so much potential and will be in the next France sqaud.

    Yoanne cabaye is a little magician, is up there in the top 5 box to box players in europe, our future skipper IMO. To sell Nolan was a big shock, but to sell him for 4 mill and being in cabaye for 4.3. Shows how well our club is now being run.

    Now I just want to see erding, and n’zogs in with young Taylor, in and then a striker such as defoe or sturridge I’d be delighted.

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  • SWHITEY

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #8

    ed and geordie gerrard comparing him to shearer. is he really that good? only time will tell next season

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  • luke-k

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #9

    teams are gonna be terrified playing us next season no defender will look forward to playing against ba also we ahve about 4 midfielders that can change a game in marveaux-lous benny n’zogbia and cabaye

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  • Still only rumour atm MykToonFan.

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  • luke-k

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #11

    ba is everything you want in a striker hes fast, strong, tall and can score goals, just hope his knee will be alright. I rate him very highly and wont be surprised if he gets about 18 next season

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  • luke-k

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #12

    get zog in bid 10mill and offer him 45,00 a week

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  • luke-k

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #13

    45,000 sorry

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  • MykToonFan

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #14
  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #15

    I only said he finnished like shearer, he is a lot more dynamic player than shearer. Very different. He is more of a monster than big andy was. Be perfect against the top 5

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  • luke-k

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #16

    lol myk

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #17

    haha thats good MykToonFan

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #18

    i think the 3 signings weve made are class and to think u can add gosling, ben arfa, vukic, kadar, abeid, tavernier to that who i think are all gonna get there chance to step up to first team level this year its like having 9 new players to choose from plus ntaylor n erding hopefully things looking good

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #19

    a think we should loan Vuckic out dont think he’s good enough yet needs to have a full season playing week in week out then he can come back and challenge

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #20

    also hearing very strong rumours that vincente could be joinin on a free in next few days quality player but very injury prone

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #21

    i feel its just so easy to forget that west ham paid hoffenheim 6.5 mill for this lad only in jan and after 11 or 12 games or whatever it was people were saying that was an absoloute bargain now we have him for nothing and i think a lot of us seem a little sceptical about him i know about his knee but i dont think he was injured for the hammers and surely he cant be out injured as much as gerard or torres or fabregas the list goes on i think we should be just a little bit happier with this signing

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  • luke-k

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #22

    dont think well be getting vicnte in hes too old remember were looking for young players and trying to reduce the wage bill

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #23

    where’s this stuff about Erding coming from only place av seen it is on newcastlerumours.co.uk but then got denied on same site.. if he had signed it will be announced today or maybe late night again

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #24

    what is everyones opinion on Forlan, i know they r very weak rumours, just interested to know how people would feel if we did sign him for say 2years, aged 32 now for 7 mill (which is rumoured to be the askin price) ?? i personally would be all for it

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #25

    davy

    Old & high wages. Non starter surely…

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  • luke-k

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #26

    newcastle rumours is a load of shit someone said messi has been seen with pardew lol and weve put a bid of 10 mill in for gyan what a stupis website

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #27

    geordietoon89 – i have heard from an academy coach at the club that vukic is gonna b very much part of the first team next season n they feel that they about to unleash world class player they rate him that much at the club they think hes gonna b star

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #28

    av heard quite abit about Vicente but well a dont want him hes seriously prone to injury he’s 29 and could take a year to adapt then by then he’l only have 1 or 2 years left at the top level cos of his injurys ad rather we actually spend some money and get a good player in like Zogs or Barnetta

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  • luke-k

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #29

    I am very confident charles n’zogbia will be at newcastle this summer

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #30

    vincente would happen bcoz hes a free agent n decent back up we will sign players older than 26 if there free agents
    but we wont sign players over 26 if we hav to pay for them

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  • luke-k

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #31

    barnetta looked a very good player against england he looked confortable on the ball had a good touch and could make things happen would be very happy if we signed him

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  • luke-k

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #32

    is vicente still decent anyway

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #33

    wud love barnetta to sign think hes class act much rather him than vincente

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #34

    well that Gyan story is interesting because my old football manager is now a scout at sland and he’s said he knows thav been a few enquiries for Gyan since tht dodgy email got sent around the clubs and he said Newcastle did infact ask about the availability but sland dont want to sell…

    a think its daft keeping Vuckic here if im honest if hes tht good he should be playing regular to improve his game instead of being in and around the first team wher thaz no way he’s guna get in ahead of ben arfa cos he aint as good… a say send him on loan to a championship team with a deal in contract wher he must play certain amount of games if in form and available obv..send him for say 6month see how he goes then poss extend till end of season but if he does really well recall him like we did with Tavernier

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #35

    am really excited to see marveux next season

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #36

    a want Barnetta to sign he would be Mr Versatile aswel can play anywher including left and right back lol..

    btw on Vuckic – the only way a young prospect can improve greatly is by playing games regular not watching from the stands and training and playing the odd cup game

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  • luke-k

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #37

    marveux-lous

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  • luke-k

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #38

    my next shirt will have marveaux on back lol

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #39

    davybtoon – me too a hope Marveaux can keep himself fit and im sure weve got a real gem on our hands.. he is unbelievably quick and skillfull

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  • luke-k

    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #40

    black and white shirt marveaux, orange ben arfa

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