Demba Ba has not scored in 9 games for Newcastle, and in thast same time-frame his Senegal team-mate, Papiss Cisse, has hit 10 goals in the Newcastle number 9 shirt.
Demba Ba – in action at West Brom
And in the last two games Demba Ba has not looked too happy at being substituted, but most players don’t like that, especially when you are trying to get back on the goals trail.
But it seems that Alan Pardew is not too worried at all about Demba Ba’s lack of goals, and he says the striker is in top form at the moment with stacks of confidence.
This is what Alan said in the Daily Mail today:
“‘The first goal at West Brom, Demba must have been a centimeter away from scoring, and when Cisse scored the second goal, he was actually fouled as he was going to score and it fell to Cisse, so he has been a little bit unlucky.”
“But he is on penalties, he will be in and around the free-kicks and he is working as hard as he has always worked.” “He is in great form, there’s no lack of confidence. His goal will come and then this will all be forgotten.”
“One of those two was definitely coming off over Ester and on this occasion, it was Demba.” “But on another occasion, it will be Papiss.” “And Demba is big enough and strong enough and bold enough to deal with that.” ‘
“Hopefully against Stoke, he gets the winning goal.” “Our front line is in great form. Even Shola, who isn’t getting a start at the moment, every time he comes on, he looks like he should start”
“Shola, Demba, Cisse, Ben Arfa – and you could put Yohan Cabaye in that group as well – they are all in really, really good form.”
Of course it was unfortunate that Ba missed his penalty against Sunderland, and it was more like a good save from Simon Mignolet, the Sunderland goalkeeper, rather than a really poor penalty kick.
But it’s also true that Demba Ba needs a goal, although his confidence does not seem to have been affected by his goals drought, which every striker goes through each season, and the 26 year-old has played well lately with Papiss and Ben Arfa up front in a 4-3-3 formation.
Alan also has said that it was always his intention to give Shola Ameobi a run-out over Easter, with Shola also in good form in training, and he certainly set up Papiss Cisse’s goal in excellent style last Monday against Bolton.
In fact most of the Newcastle players are in good form at the moment, and the defense is playing very well with four clean sheets in the last five games, and we have to hope that form will continue through the end of the season.
If it does, there’s every chance that Newcastle can finish in the top five and qualify for Europe next season, and a Liverpool win against Everton at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, will see Newcastle in the Europa League.
And even though Liverpool have been in woeful form this year, they are still the bookie’s favorites to win the game.
I’ve just started reading the book More Than A Game by top Basketball coach Phil Jackson – that’s the book Alan Pardew gave to his coaches to read when he first arrived a short 16 months ago, and it’s all about handling top stars so they work within a strong team ethic.
In Phil’s case two top players Shaq O’Neil and Kobe Bryant were on the team, but they hadn’t gelled at all – until Phil arrived – and he describes how he got the best out of his players and put the team first.
We can see how the book is useful for Alan Pardew and the Newcastle coaches, and certainly Newcastle have done very well as a team this season.
And we have every confidence that Alan Pardew will handle Demba Ba and his other stars, like Ben Arfa, in a way that they will remain happy on Tyneside, and maybe Ba can get back on the goals trail soon – but the team results are the most important – and they’ve been great recently
Everything is looking very rosy in the Newcastle garden right now, but we have to beat Stoke City a week on Saturday to keep our winning streak going as long as possible.
And then after that – there’s another four games to win.
It’s really unbelievable how well Newcastle have done this season – amazing is another way to describe it.
And to think we were being told less than three years ago that we’d end up in League One, and maybe even lower than that.
It’s a good job the experts don’t know what they are talking about.
Howay The Lads!!