Demba Ba, the former West Ham United striker has 9 goals in 14 appearances for Newcastle this season.
Demba Ba – in action on Saturday
After getting of to a slow start to his Newcastle, probably because of Ramadan, the annual month of fasting in the Islam faith, Ba has come through in great style this season.
And the striker has 16 PL goals in 27 appearances when you look at what he did earlier this year at Upton Park.
Demba Ba has had a great start to his Newcastle career, and Newcastle have made an unbelievable start to their season and are still in 4th place in the Premier League, and we are just into December.
This is what the Senegal striker said today:
“We are fourth in the league because we deserve to be there.” “We haven’t stolen anything from anybody, and we haven’t cheated anybody.”
“We have just worked hard, and got what we deserved.” “If we keep on playing like we have been playing all season, we’ll be a good team until the end.”
“Chelsea is a game we’re looking forward to – we know we can win this game.” “It was a great result at Man U before the Chelsea game – it gives us confidence.”
“We will work like we did against Manchester United. We’ll try to win the game.”
It’s interesting that Be now has the same number of goals that Andy Carroll had at this stage of the season last year, when in retrospect it seems that Liverpool came in and bought Andy when he was at his very best at Newcastle.
Andy scored 25 goals in total last year for Newcastle, but so far has only 5 goals in 23 appearances for Liverpool this year. But of course Andy was injured when he was signed in in January, and the 22 year-old has not done well at Liverpool.
Well not yet anyway, and Andy managed to miss a penalty in the Carling Cup at Stamford Bridge last Tuesday night too.
The player who has essentially replaced Andy at Newcastle continued:
“I don’t have a goal target this season.” “My target is only to stay healthy and have fun playing for this team. That’s it.”
“I’m really enjoying my football, and I’m looking forward to every game.”
Demba Ba looks like a deadly striker for Newcastle, and if he is in his best form on Saturday, Newcastle must have a more than decent chance of beating a Chelsea side who will not exactly be full of confidence at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
Newcastle are not yet finished in bringing in striking power to replace Andy Carroll and are expected to bring in Sochaux striker Mobido Maiga early next month.