When we first saw Demba Ba being interviewed, after he first arrived ion Tyneside, we noticed how very low key and humble he was, and we were impressed by that.
Demba Ba - after scoring yesterday
And in interviews yesterday after the game, the 26 year-old was much the same, after what was probably one of his best ever performances, and certainly something he will remember for the rest of his life.
Demba Ba’s hat trick was achieved as he dispatched all three chances with great aplomb, and he looked like he did earlier this year in West Ham’s colors – one fabulous striker.
This is what manager Pardew said after the game about the Senegal International:
“It’s been a slow start here for Ba – mainly because of Ramadan in my view,”
“Strikers thrive on goals and the confidence he’ll get from those three goals, here at St James’ Park in front of the Toon Army will have done him the power of good.”
“I said to the strikers ‘OK, prove to me that I don’t need to get one’,” he said. “They’ve taken that challenge on – especially the two that played yesterday. They played at a very high standard.”
“They’re not the most glamorous of names – yet – but they did very, very well yesterday.”
Leon Best didn’t score yesterday, but on another day and with a little more luck, he could have scored two or three goals, and will do in future games.
Newcastle are continuing to monitor Sochaux striker Modibo Miaga for a possible January transfer, and news today that Sunderland are also now interested in the player. Why is that not a surprise to us? But of course it could all be just paper talk too.
The current Newcastle strikers have another three months to show they can do the job on Tyneside and Best (3), Demba Ba (3) and Peter Lovenkrands (2) have scored 8 goals between them over the last five games – not too bad at all.
Keep it up lads!