One of the many reasons Newcastle are standing in 3rd place in the Premier League right now is the form and goals of a certain Mr. Demba Ba.
Demba Ba – 8 goals in 12 appearances for Newcastle this season
And not only has 26 year-old Demba Ba been simply outstanding this season, since his free transfer from West Ham, but that supposed dodgy knee of his has stood up well to the rigors of the Premier League.
And an added positive is that the lad is so humble and modest, and comes across great in his TV interviews. In short he’s a real team player and says after he scored his second goal at Stoke, he just wanted Leon Best to get a goal.
Demba Ba talked in the official match program, and he has come back into some great form after starting his career at Newcastle a little bit iffy, but that seems to have been due to his fasting for Ramadan – Demba is a devout Muslin.
This is what the striker, who has scored 15 goals in 25 PL appearances for West Ham and Newcastle this year, had to say after the Stoke City win:
“It was a great result,” “It was another hat-trick and I am very happy with this one as well.” “I’m very happy, not just for me but for the team as well because we worked hard. We knew what we had to do to get a result at Stoke and we did exactly what the gaffer asked us to do.”
“When you go there and try to play football, sometimes it doesn’t work too well. But if you defend right and be positive and make sure you don’t concede much possession and set pieces then you will be alright.”
“The changing room after was amazing! We were all very happy because it was the tenth game in the league that we are unbeaten, and we are delighted to get there and get another three points.”
“My confidence is getting back and I am working hard every day, every week to get back in shape and to find my game, how I used to play,”
“That is the way I like playing football and that is the way I just enjoy playing football.” “If I enjoy myself on the pitch then I’m going to have a good performance.”
“But my performances also come from others. The cross from Gabby Obertan against Stoke was magnificent, and Jonas Gutierrez’ cross against Tottenham was great as well. When you have deliveries like that it makes it easy to score.”
“And then there is Besty too. It is a good partnership and we complement each other well.” “We are working well together and we always try to score for the team, and for us as well.”
“Against Stoke, when I had my two goals I wanted Besty to score and all my motivation was in getting him to score, for him, for his confidence and to make him happy.”
“The way we play as a team, I think we are kind of unpredictable. We are an unpredictable team, but that is not a bad thing.” “We can play different ways and different styles, as you saw at Stoke on Monday.”
“We can be a tough team and fight for results, but also when it is time to play football then we can play football as well as anyone.” “My motivation was just to come here and do my job.”
“It doesn’t matter whether there is or isn’t a number nine at the moment, it doesn’t matter if they want to give me the number nine shirt or not,” “I am happy with my 19 and will score goals for this club whatever number I have on my shirt.”
“I’m happy that the fans like me and have taken to me, but I just want to tell them that it is not because of a number that we score goals.” “This is an offensive league full of offensive football.”
“When you go on the pitch you want to score, you want to win, and it doesn’t matter. We just want to have some goals to make the fans and everyone at the Club happy.”
“This is what it is all about for me.” “As for me, I always want to score goals and want to get as many as I can this season. I have had a good start here, hopefully I can stay fit and healthy, and play for the whole season.”
“I just want to enjoy football, enjoy playing, and when that is happening you see a smile on my face and I am able to score some goals.” “I know what goalscorers mean to the fans up here, but I just want to enjoy football, enjoy playing.”
“And if I am scoring goals then I am making myself happy, the fans happy, my family happy and the Club happy. That way everybody wins.”
And of course since that great Stoke win Newcastle have gone on to grind out a 2-1 victory against Everton last Saturday at St. James’ Park in front of more than 50,000 fans, to keep their place as 3rd top of the best league in the world, 3 points ahead of both Chelsea and Tottenham.
We heard news a few weeks ago that Newcastle do some vetting of their transfer targets in terms of personalty, worth ethic and the like, to ensure they are suitable players to join the Newcastle squad. Well that paid off for a lot of the players Newcastle brought in last summer.
And if Newcastle can keep up their great form this season, and the signs are that they can, then last summer could turn out to be one of the best transfer windows in a very long time for the club.
Demba Ba is one player who can help them do that, and by the way we don’t really care what number is on his back, be it 9 or 19, as long as he keeps rifling in those goals.
And we think he’ll continue doing just that.
Howay The Lads!!