Demba Ba addressed the racists chants directed at him and a couple of other Newcastle players at Den Haag on Saturday by labeling them “stupid dudes who had to man up”, and that was certainly straight to the point, but Demba Ba, as we have found out over the last year while he’s been on Tyneside, has very simple and very strong philosophies on both life and football.
Demba Ba – laid back, happy and willing to smile
Demba has been interviewed a lot lately, and of course that”’ probably because everybody associated with the club is delighted that he is still with us, after his release clause ran out last Wednesday.
And if Newcastle fans are frustrated at the lack of progress in the transfer market at the moment, just think what it would be like if Demba Ba had left the club last week.
So you see what we mean.
This is what Demba told the local press today:
“What I’m all about is enjoying my life and enjoying my football. I like to play with a smile on my face and be happy. This is my life.” “My ambitions for this season personally are similar to last season.”
“I want the team and also me to be in good shape, the best shape we can be, and I want to play as many games as possible; the maximum amount of games if I can.” “And then I was to win as much with Newcastle as it is possible to do.”
“I don’t set any goal targets in terms of how many I think I’ll score.” “It’s just something I have never done.” “Let’s wait and see what happens.” “All I can do is keep on improving and doing what I have been doing with Newcastle, which is to do my best and try to help my team win.”
“If I score, then great. But I am only happy if the team is winning. That is the most important thing.” “I think the players are in good shape.” “Everyone looks fit. We have two more games now at Hartlepool United tonight and then Cardiff City in Wales on Saturday.”
“And I think we will be ready for Tottenham when the games comes.”
Ba will be hoping to make it a great season of goal-scoring for himself and Newcastle, as it was last season until Papiss Cisse arrived in early February, and Alan Pardew switched the formation, and had Ba play out on the left wing, where he was impressive, but his goals dried up.
Alan Pardew has promised him he will play him up front in the center in a vast majority of the Newcastle games next season, which is the one proviso Demba Ba seems to have sought from the manager to stay at Newcastle.
Demba Ba has looked good in pre-season, better than he did last year at this time, and we need to have him get on the goal-scoring trail early – maybe against Spurs in 11 days time.
Now in closing let’s think a bit more about that Demba Ba philosophy – enjoy life, enjoy football – and smile.
That sounds good to us – in fact that sound very good to us. 😀