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.
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?
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?