Demba Ba is so far one of the stars of the season for Newcastle.
Demba Ba – in action at Old Trafford – when he scored that penalty
And you only have to look at his statistics to see what a great striker we signed on a free transfer in the summer, with many other clubs wanting to get him.
In 16 Premier League appearances this season he has scored 9 goals, and I emphasize the Premier League, because those goals have been scored against top class opposition.
And it would be extremely difficult to pay the Newcastle defense too many compliments last Saturday at Norwich, but his man looked great and scored two great opportunist goals./
And we have to hope he shows that same form tomorrow against Swansea City, because Newcastle must go all out for a win tomorrow.
It just so happens that Ba is on the same number of goals as Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero, who are all four goals behind current super-star Robin van Persie of Arsenal.
Now how much did those players cost their clubs in the transfer market?
So you see what I mean?
And Ba’s goals have come from only 33 shots on goal, compared to Rooney’s 60 and Aguero’s 45, so obviously tomorrow when the lads are anywhere near that Swansea goal – look for the big Senegal striker and give him the ball!
The 6’2″ striker talked to the local press today:
“In Germany we had a Christmas break, so this is all new to me.” “But I can’t wait to be involved in this period – my confidence is high at the moment.”
“That’s not only due to my goals, but also to the work I’m doing during the whole week.” “I just want to keep my confidence high, even if I don’t score.”
“I’m just going to keep on working the way I have been.” “My team-mates are giving me confidence.” “When they see that you score some goals, they give you the ball automatically.” (good)
“Every ball I have, I just try to do something.” “When it’s in front of goal, I try to score the chances and make the team feel comfortable.” “We hope we’re going to do it. It’s 11 men against 11 men, so it’s not going to be that easy.”
“We’re just going to go into the game with our confidence high.” “Even though we didn’t win the last games, the mood and spirit in the team’s still very good. I’m not worried.”
Newcastle fans are already making it known to Demba Ba just how appreciative they are of how well he’s been doing in that famous black and white shirt, and they often chant his name.
But of course we will soon be without the striker, when he leaves in mid-January for the African Cup of Nations, and we have to hope that other strikers like Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands, can step up to the plate in his absence.
And when Newcastle can sign players like this Senegal striker on a free transfer, we don’t mind that the club are not paying out big money for their players.
Just as long as we keep bringing in players of the caliber of Cheick Tiote, Mike Williamson, Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba for literally peanuts, we are happy enough.
This will come as a big shock to Joey Barton, but he was flat wrong when he said last February that unfortunate statement about – if you pay peanuts you get monkeys.
In fact you can get some great players for peanuts, and Newcastle keep demonstrating that, and great credit goes to the Newcastle scouting team led by Graham Carr.
Howay The Lads!!.