Demba Ba seems happy to be back to top fitness. and that first goal of his last Saturday showed his skills.
Demba Ba - after scoring one of his goals on Saturday
He took a pass from Leon Best on his chest, turned and rammed the ball with tremendous power past goalkeeper Paul Robinson with his right foot, for his first ever goal for Newcastle.
And of course he followed it with two other goals for the fourth Premier League hat-trick by a Newcastle player in the last two seasons, and those players were Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Leon Best and now Demba Ba.
Demba Ba talked about his hat-trick against a poor looking Blackburn side:
“As a striker it is always important to score the first goal for your club, the sooner the better,” “It didn’t play on my mind though, I was more focused on getting my sharpness back in this game.”
“Even if I had not scored a hat-trick I would still have been happy as I felt sharp. That was my goal. My team-mates were really happy for me and all signed the matchball.”
In fact Demba Ba had a very good game at Villa Park in the previous league game, and he got some praise from manager Alan Pardew after the 1-1 draw, although Leon Best got the headlines with his third goal of the season.
As we all know, Ba’s conditioning was not helped in the summer by not being able to eat or drink during daylight hours, as he fasted for Ramadan for a month.
So how does he replenish his fluids after training, especially in America, when the temperatures were over 100 degrees F? That even sounds dangerous to us.
The Senegal International continued:
“I trained every day,” “I did everything asked of me and I have been doing this fasting ever since I was a young boy.”
“Sometimes it doesn’t affect you at all, sometimes you start feeling a bit tired. But it is not something new to me – I have been doing this for a long time.”
“I am used to it and it is something very important to me. My faith is where I get my confidence and energy from. I will not quit doing this because I can’t.”
“I was sharp during that time although maybe not quite as sharp as I would like to have been.” “It would not have mattered if they had brought a new striker in because it would have been good for the team,”
“The manager is thinking about the team and the players have to think about it too. They can bring as many strikers in as they want as far as I am concerned. It would not bother me at all.
“Whatever happens I will just keep working and trying to show what I can do.”
Demba Ba is certainly a modest man who is also very likable and seems to be an out and out team player, which is also good and contributes to the excellent team spirit at the club.
The 26 year-old looked great at West Ham earlier this year, and he has shown the same form in his last couple of games for Newcastle, so we have to hope that form will continue and more goals will be on the way from the former 1899 Hoffenheim player.