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Why Would Demba Ba Want To Return To Newcastle?

10:15 am, Saturday, April 26th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

The Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle United are likely to be one of the clubs that Demba Ba will be offered to in the summer by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who has made it clear that none of his current strikers – Demba Ba, Samuel Eto’o or Fernando Torres are the strikers he wants at Chelsea.

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Demba Ba – scoring dramatic late winner against PSG

So it’s hardly a surprise that Ba will be leaving the London club in the summer, and it’s said that Chelsea want to recoup the £7M fee they paid Newcastle United for the striker a short 15 months ago, and that seems reasonable enough.

It’s not surprising that Ba wants to get first team football again and start games at whatever club he joins in the summer.

And we suppose an advantage Newcastle have is that he would get that at Newcastle, and while on Tyneside for eighteen months, he scored a goal in every two appearances – 29 goals in 58 appearances for Newcastle.

But there’s at least a couple of good reasons why Demba Ba will not return to Newcastle.

One is that he turns  29 in May and Newcastle’s stated transfer policy is to bring in younger players – generally 26 years old or younger.

And the other reason is now that Ba has had a taste of Champions League football – and he scored the dramatic late winner to see Chelsea beat PSG and reach the semi-final stage a couple of weeks ago, he will very likely want to join a club in the Champions League.

And in any case it very rarely works when you go back to a club you once starred for  – just ask Kevin Keegan about that – and it’s true when you are playing or when you are managing.

Some say you should never go back – but keep moving forward into new endeavors all the time – who are they? :D

Rafa Benitez signed Ba for Chelsea fifteen months ago, and the former Liverpool boss may see him as a good striker at Naples in the summer.

But the bottom line is we’d be very surprised if Demba Ba wants to return to Newcastle this summer, even if Newcastle try to get him.

Unfortunately, our standing in the football world has gone down rather dramatically in the seven years Mike Ashley has owned the club – and that’s based on the facts – not an opinion.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Demba Ba · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target



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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 26, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Of course he is not coming here…even if he wanted to there are the issue with hid agents wanting to be paid the big bucks!

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 26, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Is it sleep late Saturday in the UK or is the internet down or something? ;)

  • 3 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 26, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    No chance. That would mean purchasing a player.

  • 4 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 26, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Wakey wakey!

  • 5 magpie6699 // Apr 26, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Notice: The meeting of the Newcastle United Apathetic Society has been cancelled due to lack of interest.

  • 6 sportsdirect // Apr 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    answer to the question posed is Ba has zero intention of returning.

  • 7 Sav // Apr 26, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Pity. Remy wide and Ba in the middle would be a promising prospect.
    On Monster Mash, we’ve risen from 5th bottom to 10th (probably) and made 19 million on player transfers plus there’s money saved on Llambias and JFK., That is SDirect-style accounting success. What’s not to like?

    Frankly, if Pardew can get us up to beat Cardiff, there’s little chance Mash will sack him. For starters, with a manic summer ahead, who is going to recruit a manager for him, let alone players? And if there could be a draw at Arsenal or Liverpool it will be a bonus all round.




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