Demba Ba made a rare start for Chelsea at Norwich City on Sunday afternoon, and set up the first goal for Oscar quite brilliantly after just four minutes, but the Senegal man could not get a goal for himself in that game, although he went close a couple of times, before being replaced after 73 minutes by Samuel Eto’o.
Demba Ba in action on Sunday at Norwich
Like a number of players who do well at Newcastle and then leave, Ba hasn’t done too well in London, and that was only his 4th appearance of the season for Chelsea, and he’s finding games hard to come by under Jose Mourinho, although the 28 year-old looked sharp.
If the news is to be believed then Joe Kinnear tried to get him on loan over the summer, but the fee of £3M was said to be high for Newcastle, and we were surprised that Be didn’t go out on loan.
And of course he has been left out of the Senegal side for their upcoming World Cup qualifying game against the Ivory Coast.
Newcastle need to bring in another striker in January, but we’d be surprised if it’s Demba Ba, because for one thing the loan fee could still be too high for Newcastle, and since Demba has already played at Newcastle – 29 goals in 58 games over 18 months – we think he may want to move on to some other club – if indeed he does leave Chelsea.
Maybe by that time Jose Mourinho will have used him more in the Chelsea first team, but we wouldn’t hold our breath on that being the case.
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