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Demba Ba Still Struggling For Sharpness

9:48 am, Saturday, September 10th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

The topic of news over the last week or so at Newcastle, is how the current  strikers will perform through the end of the year.

Demba Ba - in action against the Columbus Crew

And it’s not like Newcastle don’t have some decent strikers in the squad, with Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands seasoned PL performers, and Demba Ba and Leon Best hoping to make a big impact this season.

And there’s also young Sammy Ameobi who’s looking good, and Hatem Ben Arfa is due back from his injured ankle in a couple of weeks or so.

Alan Pardew talked about his strikers again today:

“There are some roles up for grabs here. When Shola has played for me, he has done terrific, and the same is true of Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best.”

“So between the three of them, there is a lot of competition. And Ba is coming in as well. When you start saying their names and what they have done for me, they’ve all done very well.”

“I’ve got to make sure that hunger stays there and that someone in that group gets us the goals we’re going to need.”

Demba Ba hasn’t looked too sharp so far this season, but he did look good when he came on against Fulham a couple of weeks ago in the great 2-1 win, and all he needs is his first goal for the club, to give him that extra bit of added confidence.

The Senegal International has not been helped by the fasting he’s been on, but that’s now behind him, but the Newcastle manager is still a little reticent to talk too much about a player’s religious beliefs:

“It’s not that I haven’t been prepared to talk about anything, I just feel that some issues are personal and that’s a religious thing they have to go through,”

“As far as their performance levels are concerned, it is going to have some impact, there’s no doubt about it, but they’re through that now.”

“And, especially with a striker like Demba is, that sharpness is very, very important and I think he’s lacked that a little bit.”  “Once he gets that back and it won’t take him long, he’s going to be a very good player for us.”

The strikers will get their chance on Monday night at QPR, and a win is even a decent possibility in that game for the lads, which is just what the club needs, and it would be four wins in a row.

That cannot be bad.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Demba Ba · Hatem Ben Arfa · Leon Best · Newcastle News · Peter Lovenkrands · Sammy Ameobi · Shola Ameobi



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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Graeme // Sep 10, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Three points against QPR would be an achievable result.

    Defence and mid-field are looking good. Can we put enough chances in place for whoever is playing up front to get on the end of one!! GOALS win matches!!!!

  • 2 simon/nufc // Sep 10, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Once demba gets his sharpness back i think he’ll start scoring goals nd lookin lyk a really good signing for us

  • 3 ganiyu // Sep 10, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Counting on cabaye to do something special

  • 4 DarloGeordie // Sep 10, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Fat Mike:

    “Ah you win some you lose some oh well…. Derick does my bum look big in this?””

    Lameass:

    “Stunning Mike you look stunning”

    Demba Ba was always a gamble, personally i have been working on my fitness for the last 2 months everyday and i can tell the difference ten fold just ask DRFC…

    For a professional footballer to still not be sharp after this long and being paid such a huge wage is not only an insult to the club but an insult to the fans… pull your finger out you lazy b@stard or do 1..

    The bloke has the opportunity to be a star but he is choosing a lazy Ameobi path…. frustrating

  • 5 DarloGeordie // Sep 10, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Graeme

    nah mate “catches win matches” bud

  • 6 ilovetoon8788 // Sep 10, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Demba has always been a gamble. Will he reach sharpness? We will never know.

  • 7 Stuart // Sep 10, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    No respect for his religious beliefs then Darlo?

    I’d assume its extremely difficult to train all day and compete in premier league matches when you can’t eat or drink within daylight hours.

    Now that Ramadan is over I reckon we’ll see a big improvement in his game, although I thought he did well against fulham, 1 assist and rattled the bar.

  • 8 Dannyo // Sep 10, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Both Tiote and Demba has been shite, a coincidence? I think not.
    Look forward to seeing Demba in form.

  • 9 MrToon // Sep 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    I was watching the highlights of Ba on Premierleague world a few weeks ago from he’s days at west ham, I know they are highlights but If he can find half of that form again I thinks he will be better than shola

  • 10 Klatoon // Sep 10, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    If we can attack from the start we can get a goal or two within 20min. QPR might have upto 5 new faces in their starting 11 so it should take them awhile to settle and gel especially the defenders. HWTL

  • 11 Brutooon // Sep 10, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Best our first striker and Demba Ba as our 2nd striker. Maybe Lovenkrands and Ameobi as our Backup

  • 12 Graeme // Sep 10, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Mr Toon – being better than Shola is no recommendation whatsoever. He is very mediocre and has been for a long, long time. A bit like a donkey at Blackpool – they go on forever, but achieve nowt in the end except retirement!!!

  • 13 ArtyH // Sep 10, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Leon and Sammy should be our strikers.

  • 14 jayphoto // Sep 10, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    DarloGeordie, the fitness levels at the top level are massively different to what you’d need playing semi pro or sunday league! If Ba was fasting, it would massively impact on his sharpness as everyone he plays against will have a small edge! The level of diet, nutrition and fitness footballers need these days is unreal!

  • 15 Premiership Manager // Sep 10, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Don’t be surprised to see Ranger force his way in. He has more potentialthan the others and Pardue is still trying to educate him into changing his ways.

    It would be better to give him a run especially if we are struggling to open up defences as his movement and pace are frightening.

    I know some will no doubt quote he couldn’t score in a brothel but all he is lacking is confidence and the right frame of mind to apply himself correctly. Once he starts to score he will be a very good player for us, however Pardue needs to sort him out first.

    I’d rate Best as our 1st choice striker with Sammy or Ben behind him making runs to unsettle the back four.

    Once Ba is fit it will get interesting however I’d put Shola just behind Lovenkrands in last place simply because of Lovenkrands work rate.

    Pardue summed it up perfectly when asked about young Sammy and how he compared to Shola, “more lively”

    Given a choice I’d start Ranger behind Best, give him a few games and then if he didn’t buck his attitude up, he’d be out the door. If you give somebody something and then take it away it’s a lot more painful than them never having it.

    I know some will disagree totally with what I have said about Ranger but we would of let Carroll go for 1.5M before he was given the opportunity in the PM and I think letting Ranger go or letting him rot in the reserves would be a shame as he could be a very good player for us if he gets pitch time and a few goals under his belt




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