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.