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!!