Demba Ba is fast becoming a folk hero at the Newcastle club.
Great shot of Demba Ba after scoring on Monday afternoon at Bolton
Ba is fast becoming another great striker at Newcastle, and we’ve had some great ones in the past including Hughie Gallagher, Jackie Milburn, Malcolm MacDonald and Alan Shearer.
The only difference between Ba and those great Newcastle strikers of years gone by is the number on the back of his shirt.
Ba wears the number 19 shirt rather than the famous number 9 worn by those other great strikers, and we trust that will be rectified at the latest in the summer, when Ba could have 30 goals to his name if he keeps up his goal scoring form of late.
Ba told the local Newcastle press today:
“I like living in Newcastle, very much.” “It is a very simple life for me. I am at home with my family and I can just chill some days for the whole day.”
“When I want to go out and do some stuff, I can do that as well.” “People here are more friendly than aggressive, so life is all right for me here.”
“The French players have settled in, but it is about the team here.” “We just have to continue what we have been doing, we have not been playing badly.”
“Every game we go into we think we can win.” “The best thing to do is keep quiet and just do our jobs! If we do that we can take the three points.”
Ba has 14 goals in 19 total appearances for Newcastle this season and is only topped by Robin van Persie in England, and by Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Mario Gomez and Klass Jan Huntelaar in Europe.
Not too bad for a player whom Newcastle picked up on a free transfer in the summer, for yet another fantastic acquisition by the Newcastle club.
Bas was asked if he was surprised by his great form after going his first six games for Newcastle without scoring, and this is what he said:
“I never thought I would have so many.” “I am always working for them, the work I am doing you can see it in on the pitch on a match day. I have to be satisfied with it.”
“The goals are not just down to confidence, they are down to work put in during the week.” “When you are scoring goals you get the ball automatically, I am always trying to take the chances I have.”
“There are still games to play before I go off to the African Cup of Nations.” “I hope the team will be fine.”
Ba has scored 14 goals in his last 13 appearances for Newcastle and he has a total of 17 appearances in the Premier League, but he also played in the Carling Cup games at Scunthorpe and Blackburn Rovers.
With any luck Demba Ba will play in the next four games for the Magpies.
Those games are at Liverpool tomorrow night, at home to Manchester United next Wednesday evening , and then two home games against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup on 7th January, and then QPR the following Sunday, 15th January.
That’s before he heads off to represent Senegal in the African Cup of Nations, and we wonder how many goals he will have for Newcastle by then?
Comments and estimates welcome.