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.
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