Demba Ba was back to his scoring ways again on Saturday, when he put Newcastle ahead in the 53rd minute with a tremendous goal, and although Spurs equalized through Defoe on 76 minutes, Ben Arfa produced some of his brilliance four minutes later, to earn a penalty which he converted, and that helped Newcastle win that first tough league game 2-1, after the Magpies had been second best to Spurs in the first half.
Demba Ba shows perfect technique as he rifles home Newcastle’s first goal
But in the interviews he;s had since then Demba Ba has stressed that he isn’t bent out of shape if he doesn’t score goals, and there’s more to his game than just scoring goals.
Ba was interviewed in The Sun today and has this to say:
“I was OK going so long without scoring. Ask the other players. They will tell you I am not just looking for goals.” “You just have to carry on doing your work and it will come back.”
“I spent a lot of time after games, watching them again and analysing them, seeing what I had to do to change the bad stuff and that is why I am back scoring.”
It was a brilliant piece of skill from Ba, as he expertly brought the ball down from Walker’s attempted headed clearance from an incoming right wing cross, and in one movement the Senegal striker guided the ball into the back of the net with his right foot, just inside the far post, to give American goalkeeper Brad Freidel no chance at all.
It’s a big relief for the club that Demba Ba is still on Tyneside after that £7M release clause in his contract ran out at the beginning of the month, and while he could still leave the club this summer, it will be on Mike Ashley’s terms, and the Newcastle owner will want big big money for his top players.
But Alan Pardew is still worried in case he loses some of his top stars, and there was news yesterday that Chelsea and Manchester United may be readying bids for Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye respectively.
This is what Alan Pardew told The Sun:
“I worry about losing all my players because we’re not Manchester United or Manchester City. We’re always vulnerable.” “I’m looking forward to September 1 now because by then we’ll all know where we are.”
But it will cost both those clubs a lot of money if they are to persuade Newcastle to sell two of their best players.
We’ll be happy enough when September 1st rolls around and we have lost none of our top players, and who knows, we could even be able to get a couple of top players through the door by then.
Take your choice between Mathieu Debuchy, Erik Pieters, Andy Carroll and Loic Remy of Marseilles.
Any two of those four would really help improve the Newcastle squad.
What do you think?
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