Demba Ba – I Just Haven’t Played Well Enough

When players leave Newcastle it’s very rare that they do as well at another club than they did at Newcastle, and some examples  are Shay Given, Charles N’Zogbia, Andy Carroll, Joey Barton, Danny Guthrie,  and most recently Demba Ba.

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Demba Ba – when he returned to St. James Park earlier this year

That’s not always the case, and a minority of players continue to do well after leaving Newcastle, and two good examples of that are Kevin Nolan and Aaron Hughes, who is now at Fulham, via Aston Villa.

Aaron was sold by Graeme Souness in the summer of 2005, and was one of the players who were not good enough for the Magpies, at least according to Graeme, but since leaving Newcastle eight years ago Aaron has played  300 first team games for two Premier League clubs.

Maybe a striking example (excuse the pun) is Demba Ba, who scored 29 goals in 58 appearances for Newcastle in a season and a half, but he hasn’t had much of a look in at Chelsea since he joined them in January, and especially this season.

But Demba Ba puts the responsibility on nobody else but himself, as he has said this on  the Chelsea web-site:

“I haven’t played as well as I did at Newcastle and West Ham,” “I needed time to settle, I work hard and I believe the rewards come with hard work.”

“I’m not looking at any causes outside myself, I would just say that if I’d played very well I would have played every game, and if I haven’t played every game it’s because I haven’t played well enough.”

But with Chelsea signing  Samuel Eto’o,  who has played a lot  for Jose Mourinho in  his career, it seems that Ba will struggle to get many games this season, and it could well be he goes out on loan in January.

And it maybe a good career move that Yohan Cabaye didn’t go to Arsenal after all in August, because he wouldn’t have played as much as he plays at Newcastle, because there’s more competition for places in central midfield at the Gunners.

What do you think?

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