We’ve mentioned a few times that players who have done well at Newcastle don’t always fare as well when they leave, and some examples include Shay Given, Habib Beye, Andy Carroll, Charles N’Zogbia (wonder if he sleeps any better these days?), and more recently Danny Guthrie and Demba Ba.
Demba Ba - on the move again
We’ve mentioned before that Demba Ba has hardly fared well at Chelsea, since his January move out of Newcastle for £7M, which left us short of fire power up front for the rest of last season.
And for one reason or another, the Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho just doesn’t seem to rate the striker, although the Senegal man did start Chelsea’s last match at Norwich over the weekend, and looked sharp enough, but didn’t score.
And there is news today that Demba Ba could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge in January, but he will not be returning to Newcastle.
There’s a report in the Express today that Mourinho wants to bring in Galatasaray’s 6’2″ Turkish International striker Burak Yilmaz in January, and will try to make Demba Ba part of the deal going the other way.
A year ago last summer top Turkish clubs Galatasaray and Fenerbahce were said to be interested in Ba while he was still at Newcastle, so if the move comes off at least Ba should get more games in Turkey, than he will get if he stays in London.
We would love to see 28 year-old Ba back in black and white stripes at Newcastle, just love it, but that will not happen, and his record at Newcastle was excellent.
Demba Ba scored 29 goals in 58 appearances for Newcastle, and we picked him up as a free agent from West Ham too.
And the sad thing is that he seemed to love his time at Newcastle, where he had a good relationship with the fans, and he still talks fondly of his time on Tyneside.
What do you think?
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