Demba Ba To Leave Chelsea In January

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.

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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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21 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Fair enough mate. It doesn’t really matter who played them and who got rid of them anyway.

    On the loans issue, it is very rare you see English players going abroad, even rarer them becoming a success. I agree that League 1 and lower don’t benefit the players a huge amount(depending on the players ability). The Championship on the other hand offers a very tough challenge for them, and one closer suited to the physical nature of the Prem which is why (imo) that is a better option than abroad.

    As for loaning to the lower teams in the Prem, if they were good enough for that level, then they would be good enough to start for us, so should be getting a fair share of games here. That only really happens with the top teams loaning players out.

  • Harley

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d love Ba back.

  • Greebol1892

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Don’t need Ba… we have strolla amoeba fit again so he should be back into contention for his rightful 1st-choice place as main striker ahead of Remy, Cisse & Gouffran.

    *cough cough*

  • Santon03

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4


    We are buying players from abroad from non-english teams, they are playing better football than English players. So it shouldn’t be that bad if you loan them to foreign teams just for the sake of football, the problem will be away from home, different culture, and language. I think this is the main problem with not so many English players not playing abroad, only handful became success.

  • geordieboy83

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Lads I’m bored so I was wondering over the years what people think our best cm pairing has been and strike force
    Lee & batty
    Speed & acuna
    Speed & dyer
    Lee & Beardsley
    Nolan & Barton
    Cabaye tiote

    Cole & Malcolm Allen
    Cole & Alec mathie
    Shearer & Beardsley
    Shearer & ferdy
    Shearer & as perilla
    Shearer & Bellamy
    Owen & martins
    Carroll & Nolan
    Cisse & ba

    Obviously I’ve left out legends such as Anderson, Thomason? Guivarch, ketsbsia and cordone.

  • Santon03

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6


    Lee & Beardsley

    Shearer & Asprilla

  • Santon03

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #7

    those 4 players and Ginola that made me NUFC fans.

  • Santon03

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #8


    Also you forgot Mr. Emre for CM pairing, he is also very good player for us

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #9

    Maybe they are, but it has taken 6-9 months for them to settle, and some MYM, Debuchy, still haven’t fully adjusted. By the time we send a kid out on loan to a foreign club, to adjust to a different style of play, culture, language coaching set up, it is time to come back – they come back and then have to resettle here, and re adapt to the style of play that they have just got out of the habit from.

    I think the main thing for English players not going abroad is plain and simply they aren’t good enough to justify the huge salaries here, they would get found out abroad as at international level and would not command the huge salary.

  • jayphoto

    Oct 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    @geordieboy83 – i’d say Cole and Beardsley! But closely followed by Shearer and Bellamy! Rob Lee and Batty easy for midfield

  • geordieboy83

    Oct 10, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #11


    Hey mate yeah I did forget but he was with Nicky butt so I think ive removed the memory. Emre was class

  • Santon03

    Oct 10, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12


    you are 100% right about the money. probably most of those teams will not pay the amount that they are getting here.
    Btw I’m not saying just for Dummet, but for all the youngsters and not just for now but long term, not just the English youngsters but also foreign youngsters in NUFC. Things have changed a lot and Mcity loan some of their young players abroad. Not sure about their wage policy regarding loans, but you are right about big wages.

  • Santon03

    Oct 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #13

    I’m off

  • toonbrother

    Oct 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #14

    Screw him. Remy is better

  • nufc 11

    Oct 10, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Id move moutains to get him not only is he a top striker his a leader on the pitch and in the dressing room. love to see him bk at sjp.

  • Consett Mag

    Oct 10, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Ba decided to up sticks. I’m happy his move has turned out the way it has. The Chelsea fans love him ha ha .
    He’s so wanted ha ha. At least he’s getting better pay – what else could he possibly want?

  • Sav

    Oct 10, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #17

    The again, there’s Steve Carr, Damien Duff, Sylvain Distin, Kevin Nolan, Gary Speed, Craig Bellamy, Aaron Hughes, Wayne Routledge, Fraser Forster and Scotty Parker who’ve done just fine, thanks very much.
    Bit of daft gloating about players leaving Newcastle and failing to prosper in this article. If they’ve done their best, wish them well and move on.

  • KenyanMagpie4Life

    Oct 10, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Hmmmm, just imagine Remy and Ba bearing down on ANY defense in football? Goals galore!!

  • AmericanGeordie

    Oct 10, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Ba in and Cisse out if deals can be struck which would be largely financially neutral (i.e. transfer fees and wages turn out to be roughly the same.)

  • I-Am-Ahab

    Oct 11, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Geordieboy83 you forgot viduka!

  • I-Am-Ahab

    Oct 11, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #21

    Regarding the topic buhbye ba


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