Demba Ba Going Through What I Went Through – Leon Best

Leon Best has compared the recent  goal drought of Demba Ba,  since he’s been playing with Papiss Cisse, like his goal drought earlier this season,  when he was up front with Demba  Ba.

Demba Ba – going through lean spell at the moment

Demba Ba was scoring all the goals earlier in the season, when his then strike partner Leon Best wasn’t getting many at all.

But Leon makes the point today that he was busy setting up the goals for Ba, and doing his job up front for Newcastle, even though he was not the man putting the ball into the back of the net.

This is what Leon said today:

“Demba might feel down because he has not scored but it was the same for me when I was playing with him.”  “He is doing the same for Cisse.”

“He is working hard and creating chances.”  “Sometimes when we are playing, they might be looking at Demba and Cisse’s getting in.”  “Hatem is playing well and we are not looking behind anymore.”

“Instead, we are looking forward and trying to catch whoever is in front, which is a positive. Me coming back can add a bit of positive pressure and hopefully get everyone scoring even more goals.

“I am training now so if everything goes well and I keep getting fitter I will be available as soon as I can be.”

Leon makes a good point, and if you are only worried about what Newcastle do, then no player should be too worried about their own performances recently.

That’s because Newcastle  have five wins on the trot,  and they have scored 10 goals and conceded only one in that run – which is absolutely fabulous.

And Leon seems to be enjoying being back in training with the lads, and apparently Papiss turned up for training yesterday wearing three-quarter length trousers and Best had a go at the great Senegal striker:

“Cisse’s trousers today, they were ‘short weekends’ so I had to just get on him.” “He should not be dressing like that with the stats he has.”

“He has 10 goals in nine games so he should not be dressing like that.”  “I am just happy to be back with a smile on my face as well as the other lads.”   

We have been very pleased this season with the team spirit the lads have shown,  and the camaraderie that seems to exist between them, and that’s shown in what Leon has said today.

Alan Pardew and the coaches have done a fabulous job this season,  because remember last summer we were worried a bit about relegation,  and what the team spirit would be like,  after losing players like Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton.

This has simply been a magnificent season for Newcastle United,  whatever happens in the last five games, and there’s no getting away from that.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • toonincheek

    Apr 14, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t think Besty really knows how Demba is feeling – after all, Besty never knocked in as many goals, or goals of the same quality, that Demba has.

  • Toonboy_84

    Apr 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Besty comparing himself to Ba? I like the lad but no chance.

  • nufc786

    Apr 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #3

    but best can do the job i think when either demba is injured

    but he needs to prove his worth as shola is coming to good form as a sub…

    but personally i belive demba ba wants to start with besty as ba scored so much goals with him

  • Dannyo

    Apr 14, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #4

    How is Best comparing himself to Ba?
    What he’s saying is that Best assisted Ba on a number on occations, same as Ba is doing for Cisse now.
    Well, tbh, Best did that role better.

  • bollance

    Apr 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Sound like a broken record but best is too injury prone, lol.

    If u look at the stats we have some players who have pretty much played all season


    These are the players we need to keep.

    Sadly as much as I like him vuckic is another injury prone player who is struggling to come thro as always gets injured when he is about to break into first team. His development has stalled because of it.

  • nufc786

    Apr 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #6

    442 anyways ba and best were unplayable i remember both scoring goals early onin the season…

    best’s hold up play is good better than ba’s but besty cant finish his chances which demba can so realistically ba is the better striker plus he can play LW remember when besty was put LW……… it was very hard to watch at times…

  • Grafton83

    Apr 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #7

    Not really the same at all best wasn’t playing out on the left in a 4-3-3 formation. Ba is a different class, sorry leon.

  • bollance

    Apr 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #8

    If Simpson had more composure on the ball or had a trick to make space to cross he would be so much better. Think he is good defensively but get stick because of lack of ability going forward. But he has played every match this season which tells you a lot about what pardew thinks / has trust in him

  • thepict

    Apr 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Fu@k the racist cheat has hot one back for the scum.

  • Premiership Manager

    Apr 14, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Ba should be playing as the central striker with Cisse widw as he is a far better crosser of the ball than Ba.

    To be honest Ba has lost form and confidence since Cisse and HBA come into the team and Pardue will have a job keeping all three happy.

    Unfortunately Ba is too good to sit on the bench and although his aspirations were to play in Europe I don’t think he envisioned that it would be with Newcastle.

    There are lots of rumours that Ba wants to leave in the summer and if reports are correct he will receive at least 3.5M from anybody meets the contract release fee.

    For me it’s just a matter of time as £3.5M + a signing on fee and a substantial sallary increase will be too much for him to turn down especially if you consider that medical previous reports stated his knee could go at any time.

    Personally I’d pre-empt the transfer window and offer him to Liverpool in exchange for Carroll. It would be good business and give us more options up front.

  • mot7

    Apr 14, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Ba can go he is not a good allround footballer just watch his first touch .ok has had a good few months earlier in the season however if we want to progress a better or different type of player is needed .if ba was as good as everybody seems to think he wouldnt be here on a free forget about the suspect knee if torres villa shearer messi had a suspect knee you still wouldnt get them for nowt with a big payout if you want to leave if any top foward in the world was going for free it wouldnt be stoke and newcastle in for them

  • Graeme

    Apr 14, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Premiership Manager @ 10 – are you having a laugh??

    Demba Ba is probably in the £20 – 25+ million class at the moment, despite the alleged release clause. Andy – well the bindippers cant even give him away – who on earth is going to pay more that £5 million for him? NOBODY Who is going to get anywhere near his current £70 – 75K per week wages? NOBODY

    I’m afraid the ponytailed boy blunder is up shit creek and the paddle isn’t with him. He either stays with the Poo as an unwanted benchwarmer, bit-part player, getting his money under false pretences like Alan Smith, Xisco etc or he takes a massive salary hit to get playing time at a “lesser” club. I think he will sit it out, bank the money – a proper honorary scouser!!


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