Demba Ba has given an interview in the Guardian, and he says some revealing things.
Demba Ba – after scoring his 16th league goal of the season yesterday
The main thing he says is that he has no desire at all to leave Newcastle, and he is very happy at the club, and he thinks it’s just great that Papiss Cisse has joined him on Tyneside.
Ba, who scored a real opportunist goal after 30 minutes yesterday in the 2-1 win against Aston Villa, his 16th league goal of the season – not bad for a free agent – has said he is really happy that “very quiet guy” Papiss Cisse has joined him at Newcastle.
We’re sure there are a lot of Newcastle fans who agree with him on that, and there are an awful lot of people today talking about his wonder goal after 70 minutes, that won the game for Newcastle yesterday.
This is what Demba Ba said in his interview:
“I never talked to anyone to say I wanted to leave,” “I was just listening to people saying ‘He’s going there, he’s going there, he’s going there’ and I had a big smile on my face. It was funny to me.”
“The most important thing is being happy with your football and I am happy here.” ”I always said that I wanted to keep my number 19.”
“I always said that, if someone comes in and you want to give him No 9, don’t even ask me – just give it to him if he wants it.” ”The manager asked me if I didn’t mind it going to Papiss. I said just give it to him if it helps to sign him.”
“Papiss was a great signing for us,” “I was really happy when he signed because I talked to him a little bit beforehand. I just said, ‘Go on. Sign.’”
“He asked everything about Newcastle, about the supporters and the club but I’ve not told him everything, because I wanted him to see for himself what it’s like here.”
“I think he loved the reception he got but he hasn’t seen anything yet.” “I am really, really happy for Papiss,” “Both of our parents are from Senegal and, even though I grew up in France, I always lived like I was in Senegal.”
“It’s really important to score for a new club early on; when you come in and score right away you feel much better. It helps a lot and his was a goal of real class on the perfect return to Newcastle for me.”
“It was such a good day; there wasn’t even too much snow.” “I think the Senegalese are happy about it,” “I guess there are a lot of Senegalese Newcastle fans now.”
“But Papiss is a very quiet guy, all the fuss and hype will not affect him.” “I’ve told him everything about the No9 shirt here but I’ve always said it is just a number.”
“We go to Tottenham and believe we can win,” “I look at the table and think ‘Fifth, woah.’ Now we just need to continue our road, continue what we are doing. We need to keep our focus but, as long as we do that, we’ll be dangerous.”
With Tottenham and Liverpool playing out a rather tame 0-0 draw tonight at Anfield, where Tottenham seemed content to hang on for the point in the second half, it behooves Newcastle to go all out for the win at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon, however unlikely a win may be.
Faint heart never won fair lady is a slogan we should remember as well as fortune favors the brave, and neither Liverpool nor Tottenham were brave enough tonight to get the win, and so they settled for 2 points lost.
And tonight’s result means Newcastle gained 2 points on Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea in the latest round of games in the Premier League - round 24.
Newcastle are not expected to do anything at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon, other than to surrender 3 points in the nicest possible way to top London club, Spurs.
So let’s go all out for the win, and scare the living daylights out of them at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon.
We’ll have two lads up front who could certainly scare the living daylights out of any defense – as we all witnessed yesterday.
Howay The lads!!