Demba Ba has given an interview with the Soccer Bible and in it he admits that the best players he has ever played with in football is his former team-mate at Newcastle United – the great Yohan Cabaye.
Demba Ba with Cabaye – while he was at Newcastle this season
The Senegal International spent just over 18 months with the Tyneside club, but in that time he scored an amazing 29 goals in 58 total appearances for Newcastle, and he left in early January when Chelsea came in and met the release clause in his contract of £7M.
Unfortunately for the 27 year-old, when he returned on Saturday to St. James’ Park with his new Chelsea side, he had to leave the field in the first half, with a badly broken nose, after an accidental clash with Newcastle’s captain Fabricio Coloccini, and he couldn’t continue.
The Paris-born striker got much adulation from Newcastle fans during his too short stay at the famous Tyneside club, but he remembers the adulation he received and he also remembers his pal Yohan Cabaye – as the best player he has ever played with.
This is what Ba told the Soccer bible:
“The best I’ve played with? I would go for my friend Yohan Cabaye.” “When I see the passion of the kids, when you say hello to them and they just go crazy, it’s something I didn’t expect.”
“When you play good and people say that you have been terrific and you have been playing good football, that’s something that stays and builds you and your confidence.”
Newcastle seem able to get the very best out of the French players they bring to the club, and in the eighteen months Cabaye has been on Tyneside, he’s become one of France’s best players, and both Yohan and new boy – powerhouse Moussa Sissoko – are in the starting line up for France against Germany at the Stade de France tonight.
Let’s hope neither gets injured and neither plays the full 90 minutes – since we need both of them for our tough game at Tottenham on Saturday afternoon.
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