Demba Ba has fitted in very well at Newcastle, since he arrived in mid-June, and the lad has given a good interview today.
Demba Ba – looks greta in black and white stripes
Newcastle fans will be hoping that Ba can get among the goals this coming season, starting with Arsenal on Saturday evening.
And it appears that Demba Ba’s dodgy knee has stood up well to both training and the pre-season games, and we have to hope that continues through the coming three seasons he will be on Tyneside.
He certainly looked the part at West Ham earlier this year when he hit 7 goals in 13 appearances for the Hammers.
And in 116 first team appearances Ba has made in his career so far, he has scored an impressive 47 goals, which is a very good record, and one we hope continues at Newcastle.
Ba is looking forward to the new season, and he thinks he can form a good partnership with big local lad Shola Ameobi, who signed a new contract extension yesterday, that will keep him at Newcastle until 2014.
This is what Ba said today:
“I think me and Shola Ameobi can play together absolutely fine,” “I know people say that we’re similar but that’s probably because we’re only similar in size.”
“Our games are totally different – Shola likes to play with his back to goal, he’s strong and terrific in the air. I’m more like playing to feet, get the ball in areas just behind the front two.”
“The combination is absolutely fine and I think we compliment what each other does.” “I could definitely work with Shola Ameobi, but I would work with any number of the strikers that we’ve got.”
“I would be happy to form a partnership with any player in the squad.”
How’s that for diplomacy from the big man, and he could well be a huge hit with Newcastle fans next season.
Ba signed a three year deal initially at St James’ Park, but that could be extended if his knee holds up, and he hits the goals on Tyneside.
It seems the Senegal International 6’2″ striker has settled in very well at the club:
“I feel like I am part of the club now – part of the squad. I find the North East a very good place.”
“I haven’t been out in the region very much because we’ve been in pre-season but everyone is very welcoming and wants to talk to me about football when I do go out.”
“I know everyone is warning me about the cold in the winter – I don’t care because I lived in Hoffenheim, it was freezing there! (note – it’s like Florida compared to Newcastle)”
“I still have to get to know some of the players because we haven’t played that much together – that is because of the tour or other reasons or whatever.”
“But we just have to use training to do that and I’m sure we’ll all be absolutely fine by the time we start the season.”
“We’ve been watching videos and the manager has sat us down and talked us through how the team plays so I know how the team goes about doing it’s business.”
“I think we’re ready for the first game,” “I played the full game at Leeds – it was the second time that I’d played the whole 90 minutes. Now I just need to keep on working hard and I’m absolutely sure I’ll be fine.”
It does seem that Alan Pardew is very thorough in his preparation for games, and Newcastle have a more than decent chance of getting their season off, with a win against Arsenal on Saturday evening, although it will not be easy.
A win and a Demba Ba first goals(s) for Newcastle, is just what the Doctor ordered.