We had an article out last Tuesday suggesting that Demba Ba should be the new number 9 on Tyneside .
Demba Ba – after scoring at Stoke – again!
With 8 Premier League goals from his last 5 games he’s hitting the goals trail big time this season, and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said today that he plans to fill the number 9 shirt soon at Newcastle.
Ba scored his second Premier League hat-trick of the season at Stoke City on Monday night, and when he gets chances he seems so adept at hitting the back of the net.
But it seems that Ba will not get the number 9 shirt, and that Alan will bring in a new striker in either the January or the summer transfer window, who will be given the famous Newcastle shirt. Well he needs to be good enough to wear it.
This is what Alan said:
“To be honest, I don’t know if Demba would have had the start he’s had if he’d been saddled with all the pressure of the number nine shirt,” “That was why it was a conscious decision that I didn’t use it this season.”
“I thought we had a team that wasn’t cast in stone and if I’d elevated one of our strikers to the number nine, that would have meant he was definitely going to be the man and I don’t think that would have been fair on anybody.”
“I decided to leave it off. Whether we fill it in the next window or the window after that, I’m confident that we will.”
“Demba is really doing well. I’ve been playing him in a slightly different role to the one he was performing at West Ham, and I think that’s improved him, if I’m honest.”
“It’s enabling him to be more involved in the game and, technically, I think he’s a great player.” “To be honest, I don’t think he’s a natural number nine. I see him more as a number ten, and I think he’s doing that role very well.”
“I’ve given him more of a link role, and he’s done that very well. I thought he did it brilliantly at Stoke. When you are under pressure, you need somebody to take the ball in up the top of the pitch, and Demba can do that.”
“He knows how to buy some time, keep possession or draw a foul to ease the pressure. He did that terrifically at Stoke.”
He looks a natural number 9 to us, but it’s also true that Ba’s doing some good link-up play, and certainly he puts the work in for the Newcastle team, as do all the players these days.
We have to think that the striker Alan will bring in to wear the number 9 could be 24 year-old Mali International Modibo Maiga of Sochaux, or 21 year-old Dutch International Luuk de Jong of FC Twente.
Both players have been tracked by Newcastle over the summer, but nobody was brought in to officially replace the departed Andy Carroll.
But there again, Alan could shock us all by bringing in a striker Newcastle haven’t even been linked with in the past.
What do you think?