Demba Ba has hardly looked happy when he has been substituted in the last couple of games.
Demba Ba – happy to play on the left?
But today, he is playing with a straight bat, and says he has no problem at all about playing on the left wing, as Alan Pardew plays an attacking 4-4-3 formation, with Cisse in the center and Ben Arfa out on the right.
While things may be different behind closed doors, Ba says he has no complaints about where he is playing at the moment:
“I work in order to score goals but also so Papiss can score,” “The coach told me he would put me on the left. And for the team I thought, ‘Let’s do it’. Also, I know the qualities of Papiss as a finisher.”
“It does not bother me at all.” “As a striker you like to be in the striking position but now the coach has made a decision. He has decided for Papiss to be there.”
“I do what I have to do to balance the formation for the good of the team. If I can be in the finishing area I do everything to be there, if I cannot, we do the work for Papiss.”
“I like to be up front but lately the coach has decided to play with three strikers (Hatem Ben Arfa is the other) and I do not mind playing on the side.” “If I score, that’s great, but if I don’t score there is someone else who does.”
Ba’s goals have dried up since he returned from the African Cup Of Nations in early February, and in fact he has scored only one goal since then, in his first back against Aston Villa, which we won 2-1, with goals from the Senegal twin strikers.
A perfect start to the Stoke game on Saturday, would be for Newcastle to get an early penalty and for Demba Ba to ram it home, and if that happens Ba could even end up with a hat-trick.
But all we are wishing and hoping for on Saturday afternoon is another win.