Demba Ba Can Still Become The Hero


Newcastle have one game left this season at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.

Demba Ba – could be the hero at Everton

It’s never easy to play at Everton, and they have been in their usually good form towards the end of the season, and it will definitely be a tough game.

With Newcastle now going to finish 5th place  in the league, at least, with Chelsea’s 4-1 hammering by Liverpool last night, a win could take Newcastle up to 3rd place if Arsenal and Tottenham lose their games on Sunday.

That’s a wonderful thought.

So there’s  still all to play for,  and it would be something if Demba Ba can score his first goal in 14 games on Sunday afternoon,  and maybe even get Newcastle the win – and we wouldn’t put it past him

Alan Pardew is certainly not giving up on his Senegal star, who has found goals hard to come by since the manager switched to playing 4-3-3,  once Senegal God Cisse  arrived on Tyneside in early February.

The last time Ba scored was in his first game back after returning from the African Cup of Nations, when he scored in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa back on February 5th at St. James’ Park.

Ba has shown he is very strong mentally,  and has not let his lack of  goals get to him, and indeed he has shown improved link-up play since February, and he has missed a penalty against Sunderland and hit the bar a couple of times since then.

Alan Pardew had this to say to the local press today about Ba:

“Who knows? He might get the most important goal of the season at Everton on Sunday.” “As I’ve said all along, I still fancy he’ll score before the end of the season.”

Between them,  Ba and Cisse have already scored 29 goals, and Demba Ba will be the top scorer this season with a good 16 goals in the Premier League – his first full season in England.

That’s always assuming Cisse doesn’t score four goals on Sunday. 😀

The last time a Newcastle striker scored more than 16 goals was back in the 2003-2004 season, when a certain Alan Shearer scored 22 for Bobby Robson’s side.

Of course Papiss Cisse has scored his 13 goals in only 13 appearances in the famous number 9 shirt, so he may well get quite a few goals in the Premier League next term.

But Alan Pardew has to somehow find a way to have both  Senegal strikers getting in among the goals.

If  Alan Pardew can do that,  then Premier League defenses will need to watch out for Newcastle next season, just like they’ve had to do this season.

Comments welcome.



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102 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    May 9, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    May be BA should wear gloves all the time, perhaps that is where his secret powers lie.

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Indian – Draxler is class but will cost a bomb.

    Anyways lads ano Sone Aluko plays in Scotland but he looks a real handfull hes extremely quick and skilful and got a cracking shot a think hes worth a gamble wont cost anything because his contract runs out in june.. also he’s only 23 and Rangers wont requie compensation because he’s only been there 6month or so

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  • Beattie25

    May 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Ba will score on Sunday,

    Winning is another question all together.

    Hamsters

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Re post

    Now i get it WHY Ashley, buys Injured or Injury prone players ” They are like a New Signing every season” LOL
    🙂

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 9, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5

    DANNY GUTHRIE 2day linked witrh reading

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  • dannyboy

    May 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #6

    im really putting my neck on the line by saying this but out of all the ‘top’ players that are being linked away this summer, he is the one im least concerned about going. i havnt missed one minute of a toon match this season thanks to the beauty of illegal streaming lol . i honestly feel ba has become far to predictable and defenders know his game now as he lacks skill to ghost past players unlike other players we have. i would like to keep him but all im saying is he is replaceable and quite easily at that, ther are better strikers overseas especially if we got 10mill of someone like PSG. he is far to clumsy at times and constantly make the wrong decision especially when is come to the final ball e.g should has slipped in ben arfa against man city the other day and we would have been one up. even on other occasions, pappis has been crying out 4 a pass of him and he f**ks it up. hes a good player but there is better out there especially techniqualy. i also think sholas hold up play and close control is better than his 2. sorry lads,no1 else agree?

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  • Tsunki

    May 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    I thought he already was? Everyone remember the first half of the season? Anyone wonder if Ba is one of the main reasons Cisse is a goal shark and so quickly? Anyone remember how quickly the demba ba song came out?

    He’s already a legend imo. Just needs to stick around next season when the team really falls into shape, with our new, bigger improved squad. 🙂 Can you imagine being able to rotate the dembas for league / cup / euro matches? he he he he ha ha ha ha muuaaahhaahaahaa!!!!

    I should ease off on the evil mastermind cackle it’s making me throat sore.

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 9, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Ba is great on the ball he brings others into the game but he fails to use the support.. he should of put Ben Arfa in the other day but just because he’s having a drought doesnt mean we should start getting on his back its ridiculous same every season just a different player.. Chelsea never got on Torres they kept cheering him on singing his name and now he’s gradually getting his confidence back.. All Ba needs is a goal and the times will come again.. unless we get a stupid offer we must 100% keep him.. he’s also working better with Cisse than he was at the start next season a think they’d be deadly together…… I also want Luuk De Jong to join the toon revival

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  • Belly

    May 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #9

    HE ALREADY IS A HERO!

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  • Tsunki

    May 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10

    dannyboy – actually agree to a point with much of what you say, however when Ba was playing in his favourite role he was a different player to what is being asked of him now. Playing where he is, yes, there are much better – he is definitely a receiver and generator of goals with a sense for where the goal is, but his touch is woefully heavy when receiving long balls and close play.is just too minute for him. I think he may be better rotated to adapt our forward line tactically, or to throw a spanner in the works of any european team about to face us. For what he costs, and his undoubted ability to score goals by the shedload when positioned right, I wouldn’t consider spending my mortgage on another risk. Remember, whoever you buy may be dynamite in the league he’s playing now, but getting them up to speed in the prem doesn’t always follow the Cisse pattern.

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  • Beattie25

    May 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #11

    dannyboy

    I agree in some regards but not in all.

    For me Ba is no way a LW and he lacks the ability to play in that position. He has often in his career played as part of a forward 3 but never in the middle of the pitch and this has made his game suffer. He has neither the pace or acceleration needed to play in that position but he does have undoubted ability.

    He has been really poor recently, there is no covering that fact. His first touch awful, his composure non existent and his commitment a little flat. I think this is down to a few reasons.

    His confidence seems to have left him, his chances to score are few and far between and this is only the 2nd time in his career that he has played over 30 matches in a season and he looks tired.

    I still think that he can be leathel as this is a dip in form not a lack of ability. I would agree though that he could be replaced but why replace a striker that we got on a free for one that will cost us £10-15 million?

    For me Demba needs to be retained and push Cisse for games we play with 1 up top and play alongside Cisse for games when we have 2 up top.

    I just hope that he is never again played on the LW. Feed him and he will score, but the game he is currently playing isnt the same one he was playing up until Cisse signed. Thats down to tactics and a resulting confidence blow.

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  • Londtoon

    May 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Ba’s touch has been his set back of late. His control has been too heavy and let the ball get too far away from his of late. If you think about the first half of the season it was inch perfect to set up his goals. He will get that back the more times we get the ball up to him if he is in a good position.

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  • Tsunki

    May 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #13

    Beattie – that’s eerie man, I’m looking over my shoulder now…….

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  • dannyboy

    May 9, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #14

    I agree we should keep him like ive said, just if his heart belongs in PSG we should let him go as he is replaeable. dont get me wrong i love the guy ,who couldnt love that smile lol, im not getting on his back, he is a legend ,who couldnt forget the goals aginst man u! up the toon! p.s think benny will be the hero on sunday,hes due a stormer game

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  • Beattie25

    May 9, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #15

    Anybody doubting Demba watch this and remember

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMDZCZ0dRd0

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  • Pardew's fist pump

    May 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #16

    I’m disappointed in how poor Ba and Cisse have been when deployed as a partnership. Can’t remember them completing a pass to one another, always thinking different things, looks very stilted. Perhaps too eager to become a deadly duo? Once it does click they will be a devastating duo.

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  • Beattie25

    May 9, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #17

    Tsunki

    I can smell your shampoo I’m so close

    Vosene

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  • Pardew's fist pump

    May 9, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #18

    And I only mean poor in terms of their partnership, not all round team involvement, obviously, before anyone jumps down my throat.

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  • Londtoon

    May 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #19

    @16

    Rome wasn’t built in a night. They have only had essentially 4 months playing together. Thats like 15 games max. Let them gel. I see glimmers where they spot the pass. Like cisse on sunday letting the ball run to Ba who was in a better position than himself.

    Give it time pal

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  • Londtoon

    May 9, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #20

    Well it will be 13 games actually won’t it. But comment still applies.

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  • Beattie25

    May 9, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #21

    A lot of people comment on the Ba/Cisse partnership but in my eyes they have played together 3 times.

    We have generally set uo as a 4-5-1 and that has moved into a 4-3-3 at times but I wouldnt say they have been a partnership.

    Anyone agree?

    xxxx

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  • Tsunki

    May 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #22

    dannyboy – again find it hard to disagree – Shearer came here rather than Man U, so I respect a lad pining for his boyhood club. At least it shows he has a heart. If he went, we would all wish him well I have no doubt.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #23

    Ba is a great striker. We’re lucky to have him and Cisse.

    We must do all we can to keep HBA, Ba and Cisse. They’d be close to impossible to replace with our budget.

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  • LEROI

    May 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #24

    Ba keeps shooting from 25-30 yrds out lately, maybe he should start getting in the box more like he did at the start of the season, i’ve also noticed Cisse either doesn’t release the ball to Ba when he should or messes his passes to Ba up. Ba’s scored with his head alot this season and that means he needs to be in the box more, a hatrick of headers at Goodison we’ll probably be in the champions league and Ba has hit 20 goals for his 1st season. optomistic i know but hey why not?

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  • Tsunki

    May 9, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #25

    I think Pards could concentrate on how we can get the 2 Demba’s to switch around a bit more, and if Hatem can just put some of his lovely crosses in a bit more rather than walk mazily into the ol’ onion bag, we might see Ba jumping for more of them.

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  • LEROI

    May 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #26

    Maybe Cabaye and Tiote can try a few of those head height diagonal balls into the 18yrd box. i remember a Lovely example of this cross Tiote hit on to Ba’s against Blackburn when he scored his 1st hatrick.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    May 9, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #27

    ED…

    Next title for a Cisse post should be this

    from a poster of this blog

    “Amazing what a goal – who is this Cisse? Is he a god? I think zeus and achilles made love and gave birth to this champion.”

    I still laugh my head of when i read it 🙂

    Best comment of the year

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  • LEROI

    May 9, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #28

    meant to say *on to Ba’s head*

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  • Londtoon

    May 9, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Thinking about it he is already a hero.. Where would we be if we hadn’t signed him in the summer. Think for a sec if he went elsewhere. We would be relying on Best, Shola and Lovenk.
    Ba was crucial to this season. Absolutely crucial.

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  • PapistosGrinBenArfasWand

    May 9, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #30

    Out of our big players, Ba leaving doesn’t really bother me, if he goes he goes, stays he stays. I’d bring in luuk de Jong regardless as he is absoloutley mint, bring in mo diame, yanga-mbwia, Marvin martin and alderweild/debuchy.

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  • LEROI

    May 9, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #31

    I would change very little about our starting 11 next season. It would be exactly the same as the last game only swapping Perch for Tavernier or a new top class RB, also i would swap Willo for STaylor or Douglas. I would replace Jonas with Marveaux near the end of games alot next season as i believe Jonas puts in a hell of a shift every game and needs a rest around 65-75mins. 1 other thing would be to get a pacey striker in like a Rhodes or Rodriguez to replace Ba or Cisse for the last 10-15 mins in most games just to try to shake the opposition up and to get our goal difference into better shape.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 9, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #32

    Bilbao or madrid

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Matt Spiro ? @mattspiro
    Blanc on Ben Arfa: ‘I didnt need to wait for Alou Pardew, or whatever, to (pick him) to know how good he is.” Blanc thinks Pardew is Malian?

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  • LEROI

    May 9, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #35

    But Tiote wants newcastle more than Inter want him.

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  • LEROI

    May 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #36

    bilbao

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #37

    me too bilbao, John Burridge here in asia pronounces it as bill Bayo

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  • LEROI

    May 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #38

    i saw bilbao on the hairy bakers bakation and it was like the unofficial twin town of newcastle they even have strong links with st james.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #39

    st james’s park is a cathedral as is san mames

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  • LEROI

    May 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #40

    I even found out that there main city Santiago actually means st james in spanish.

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