We must say that Demba Ba looked good last night against Monaco in Landsberg am Lech, Germany – and of course he did score the winner with an opportunist goal, when he out-jumped the goalkeeper to a high ball almost on the goal-line, and easily headed the ball home.
A fit looking Demba Ba in action last night
That will remind Newcastle fans that Demba Ba has an eye for a goal, and of course he’s not only a good goalscorer, but he’s also a very good footballer, as he showed last night.
And whatever happens in the new Andy Carroll saga, we hope Newcastle will keep both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse on Tyneside, and the addition of the Geordie striker to the ranks will only increase Newcastle’s firepower and potential up front.
Alan Pardew is a big admirer of the 27 year-old Senegal striker, and he rightly praised Ba after the game last night:
“That’s Demba for you.” “He’s brave and he wants to score every game. Not many people would have got that goal.” “He can be pleased and it will be good for his confidence.”
“It was a good performance from us. It was a step up from last Friday night.” “I was really pleased because we came out of it with no injuries – and we’ve won the game which is phenomenal.”
“I don’t think anybody was below par either. It was all good.”
We were impressed with a number of the performances last night, especially from Newcastle’s many youngsters.
Romain Amalfitano looks a very good technical player out on the right wing, and the other new boy Gael Bigirimana gave a mature and accomplished performance in central midfield, until he was replaced after 63 minutes by Cheick Tiote.
Gael Bigirimana – training in Germany
Is this lad really only 18? 😀
If Gael keeps putting in performances like last night, he will be challenging for a first team position this coming season, just like manager Pardew has already suggested.
And it’s hardly surprising based on his performance last night, that Coventry fans were disappointed and dismayed they got only £1M for their top youngster – this lad could become a stellar buy for Newcastle United down the road.
Haris Vuckic, Mehdi Abeid and James Tavenier all looked good last night, as did veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper, who has a new number – 37 – his age.
Steve made some fine saves to keep a clean sheet, and surely he is still the the number two goalkeeper, should Tim Krul get injured – heaven forbid.
It’s not surprising Alan Pardew was pleased with the performances last night, with many youngsters catching the eye, in what was a good performance from the lads, especially in the second half.