We have to say we’ve been impressed with the personality of Demba Ba since he arrived on Tyneside.
Demba Ba and Leon Best – Newcastle strike force
Call him Mr. Humble or whatever, but when he gives an interview, he talks in simple terms and is only interested in working hard at Newcastle and doing as much on the field as he can for Newcastle United.
And Demba is in great form at the moment, with 4 goals in his last couple of games, and we have an idea he may be a key man for Newcastle in the game on Sunday against Tottenham.
We were worried a couple of days ago with the news that Ba may have re-injured his knee, but that turned out to be a false story, and Ba is just fine and he will start training tomorrow with the rest of the Newcastle squad, as Alan Pardew prepares the side for the tough game on Sunday afternoon.
Be has heard all about the famous strikers the club has had in the past, but that doens’t bother the Senegal striker one little bit, as he told the local Newcastle press today:
“I knew about the history here and the names of the past.” “It does not daunt me. I am a striker so I want to score goals anyway.”
“I’m the type of striker who likes to play and help out in other areas on the field.”
“It is about all-round performances, not just goals.” “And I want to contribute more in that way.”
“I have been happy with my last two Premier League appearances, but the start of the season was not that good from me.
“I am just working and will continue to improve every week in training.”
Since joining West Ham last January, Demba Ba has a fine goal scoring record this year, and in his 20 appearances this year he has scored 11 goals – which is not too bad at all.
And Leon Best, his current strike partner at Newcastle, has a similar record and in Leon’s 19 appearances for the Newcastle first team this year he has scored 9 goals.
So both lads have shown they can score goals at the top level, and we think they will both get a start again on Sunday, with Peter Lovenkrands maybe getting a run out sometime in the second half.
And in the four seasons Demba Ba spent at 1899 Hoffenheim, he scored 40 goals in his 103 appearances there, so Demba has an excellent scoring record over the last five seasons with 51 goals in 123 appearances.
Demba Ba was disappointing in the summer, when he looked very sluggish indeed, but we’ll put that down to his fasting for Ramadan, and in the last few games he hasn’t just scored some good goals, but his all round game is excellent too.
Demba Ba could be one of many successes at Newcastle this season, and we still don’t think Newcastle are even fielding their best starting eleven, with the impressive Frenchman Ben Arfa and Italian Davide Santon still on the bench.
We expect both those players to become first teamers at Newcastle way before the end of the season.
But Alan Pardew is doing very well indeed as the manager, and he is rewarding the side that has fared so well so far this season, and we expect Alan to field an unchanged side against Spurs on Sunday.