Newcastle’s Demba Ba has been voted as the Premier League’s signing of the season.
Demba Ba – signing of the season
That’s according to a vote by all of the Premier League managers – and of course Demba Ba was a free transfer from West Ham, but it is said that Newcastle had to pay his agent around £2M to get him.
Demba Ba’s 16 goals has him in 3rd position in the goal-scoring charts at the moment behind van Persie (26) and Wayne Rooney (20).
Ba got 56% of the vote with Manchester United defender Phil Jones on 13% coming in second with Scott Parker in third spot with the same percentage.
Scott Parker was the Newcastle captain while he was at the club for a couple of seasons from 2005 through 2007.
Ba was voted the third best striker in the Premier League with 19% of the vote – the same as Sergio Aguero, with Robin van Persie tops on 25%.
And Tim Krul was 5th in the goalkeeper stakes with 6% – the same as Shay Given – Joe Hart was top with a whopping 69% followed by Pepe Reina and American Brad Friedel.
Surprisingly Alan Pardew was not among the best managers, with Swansea’s Brendan Rogers on 47% and Norwich City manager Paul Lambert on 40% and Steve Kean got 6% of the vote – the same as Robero Mancini.
We think Paul Lambert is going to become a top manager – but why is Steve Keen in there?
And it’s interesting that the two top managers are with two of the promoted teams this season, but of course QPR’s Neil Warnock got the sack in January.
And the managers voted St. James’ Park Stadium third, as the ground with the best atmosphere on a match day, with Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium behind winners Liverpool’s Anfield.
Some on Tyneside would disagree with that vote.
Anyway, Newcastle comes out of this looking good, but the surprise to us is that Alan Pardew didn’t get some recognition.
What do you think?