Demba Ba Good Enough To Wear Newcastle Number 9 Shirt

Alan Pardew has been singing the praises of his new number 19, Demba Ba.

Demba Ba – 11 goals in 17 appearances

The Senegal striker was signed on a free transfer in the summer, after he was released from his contract at West Ham,  because  they had been relegated.

Ba was bright enough to include that clause in the contract he signed for the London club last January, and the striker scored an impressive 7 goals in 13 appearances for the Hammers.

Demba Ba had failed his medical before that at Stoke City, and that stopped his transfer to Stoke from German club Hoffenheim, dead in its tracks.

The Potters had been willing to pay out £6M for the striker, but West Ham picked him up for that, although he couldn’t help them from being relegated in May.

Newcastle won the race to sign the striker in the summer on a free trasnfer, and the Senegal striker has been simply fantastic in a Newcastle shirt, scoring 11 Premier League goals in his first 17 appearances on Tyneside.

Back on November 1st we asked why Ba shouldn’t get the number 9 shirt and at that time he had said he didn’t much care what number was on his back, and he currently wears the number 19 shirt.

Alan Pardew has been singing the preaises of the 6’2″ striker before the game tonight against WBA, and the Newcastle manager has said he would have given him the famous number 9 shirt at Newcastle in the summer, if he had known how good he is:

“If I knew he’d perform to that level he would have got the number nine shirt,”   “I think Demba Ba’s all-round ability in terms of goals and everything he has given us has been a real big bonus this year.”

“On Saturday, a couple of things he did were exceptional, even though we didn’t score. We have a real talent there and we will miss him for the African Cup of Nations in mid January.”

Ba went close to scoring on Saturday a few times, and we have  to hope he’ll be on target tonight, when Newcastle entertain WBA at St. James’ Park.

Newcastle need to get back to their winning ways, and it would seem an excellent opportunity tonight to do just that.

WBA drew 3-3 with Newcastle in the same fixture last season, when Newcastle were 3-0 up in that last game of the season, with just 30 minutes to go.

But there will be no collapse of the Newcastle defense tonight, as they seemed back to their solid best against Swansea on Saturday, when they recorded their 5th clean sheet of the season.

Howay The Lads!!

24 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 21, 2011 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #1

    give him # 9 and then sell him for 35 million, and the circle of life goes on.

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 21, 2011 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Dougie freedman’s quotes really show how we are seen in the market, really pathetic

  • Solaidback

    Dec 21, 2011 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Dougie Freedman talks tosh… considering that QPR’s over Mittal is worth more than 5 of the top 6 teams added together… only Manc Citeys owner is richer than him, plus Ashley could buy the player if he wanted too, he just doesn’t see the risk in paying £10m for a player who may or may not be anywhere as good in the PL as he is in the lower leagues… just look at Ranger ffs, he can’t even get a game at Barnsley & he’s supposed to be a gifted player too….

    As for tonights game, WBA did to us what we did to Arse-nil last season, so lets hope our new CB pairing can change the result as we know we can score against them, just hope Krul, Colo & Perch can stop them at the back too…. I think if Ba is on fire like he was against the Swans, he’ll bag his 3rd HT tonight… gonna be a late one for me being 2 hrs ahead but I’ll be in the pub supporting the lads 🙂


    Dec 21, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Ba will score for sure tonight.
    @indian, is da match live?

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 21, 2011 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #5


  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 21, 2011 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #6

    we have Mancunian matches live and arsenal and liverfool matches on delay

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 21, 2011 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #7
  • catchy in norway

    Dec 21, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #8

    my opinion on ba has changed, he really does have all the qualities to become a 20 + striker, he seems to be good with his feet and head
    what i think lets him down is the support from the wings, im a big fan of jonas, but his crossing aint the best, hopefully santon can help there,, from the right side though, we get nothing, obertan is a waste of a place,

    im sorry but the premiership is no place for a player that needs his confidence built up, i mean come on, we where in the top 4 for ages, and his confidence need boosted, we need players like ba, cabaye, tiote, who hit the ground running,

  • Klatoon

    Dec 21, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Im going through a dream spell here(E.Africa),had all NUFC matches live since Everton,and it continues tonight! 🙂

  • Solaidback

    Dec 21, 2011 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #10

    The match is showing on AD Sports HD7 channel tonight 🙂

    Check out this link for what Sat channels around Europe & the Middle East you can find playing what games:

    or just go to if you want other area’s of the world 🙂

  • Solaidback

    Dec 21, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Why is my last post awaiting moderation, the links in it are only there to help other Toon fans find which Sat TV channels they can find the footy on… no conspiracy Ed :0


    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #12

    All games are live in HD down under!!! All Gordy fans are welcome on my sofa

  • tweaked

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #13

    if he hits 20 or more then yes he deserves the shirt

  • Solaidback

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #14

    I think Ba will score more than 20 this season, after all, he’s got 11 from 17, so he’s over half way & still has half the season to go, even with his holiday in the ACoN.. lol 😉

  • steviemac14

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #15

    Yes, he’s the best striker we’ve had since Shearer.


    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #16

    @klatoon u lucky man 🙁 . I think i beta buy a net conx so i can stream.matches

  • beddersmag

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #17

    Still think he has a lot of improving to do. Granted his threat in front of goal is immense and his strike rate, shots on target, chance conversion etc are impressive. But just feel he could win more in the air and graft a bit harder. If he could do that he would be as good as shearer- maybe….

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #18

    I agree about Ba but his form highlights a BIG problem we have. He is the only one scoring & when he doesn’t (as on Saturday) we struggle to score. We definitely need another good striker. Worries me what will happen when he is at African Nations Cup in Jan.

  • beddersmag

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #19

    I still feel best will step up to the plate. He had a record like ba until recently and when ba plays best plays a more unselfish role winning flick ons and working channels. Push him further up as he has decent pace and bring hba or (dare i say it shola) as second striker we should be ok. But a top rate striker would be lovely too

  • Brutooon

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #20

    he is not the NEXT NO 9

    he is the new NO 19 !!!!!!

    Dont give a damn about NUFC no 9

  • Lee Dodd

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #21

    We all Know Mike Ashley Needs to Crack The Safe Open and Get The Cheque Book Out – A New Central Defender a New Striker and a New Midfielder as with Guthrie out Gosling and Cabaye Suspended were back to the kids again. We need a Striker better than Best and Lovenkrands – shola and Ba are the main men !!!! NUFC 3- West Brom 0 Tonight !!!!!

  • london_mag

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #22

    lets give it to him!

  • beddersmag

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #23

    Lee are you suggesting shola is better than best? Because iv seen more from best in the last year or so than shola has produced in a decade of underachievement and frustration. It can be summed up in one word- effort

  • west-ldn magpie

    Dec 21, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #24

    He has earned the no 9.


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