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Demba Ba – Newcastle Is My Club And I’m Proud Of It

Demba Ba has been sensational as the Newcastle number 19 striker this season, and if Alan Pardew can convince the Senegal striker, he’ll be wearing the number 9 shirt next season.

Demba Ba – after scoring at Stoke City

Demba has 13 goals in the Premier League this season and is the joint second top scorer  alongside Man United’s Wayne Rooney and Man City’s Sergio Aguero, and only three goals behind Arsenal’s Robin van Persie.

Ba had several offers from other English clubs when he left West Ham in the summer, when a clause in his contract allowed him to become a free agent in the event that West Ham were relegated, which they were.

That’s not to say Ba didn’t do his level best to keep the London side up, with 7 goals in 13 appearances for the Hammers earlier this year, since he signed from German club Hoffenheim in January.

But it seems as soon as Demba heard that Newcastle were interested in him, he was convinced fairly quickly they were the right club for him.

This is what Demba Ba said today:

“It will be a terrible blow to leave the team. This is my club and I am proud of it, but this is for my country.”

“I am going there to play for my country and to try to win. I am not going there for a holiday. It is a big tournament.”

“When I got the call from Newcastle in the summer I decided quickly what I wanted to do.”

“I looked at the team and wondered if I would fit in there. Obviously I made a good choice.”

“I thought Newcastle were a team and a club I could trust.”  “I said to my agent to look at the club and tell me what he thought.”

“He told me that Newcastle would be the best choice and he was right.”

The striker has only four games left – Bolton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Blackburn in the FA Cup – before he will leave for the African Cup of Nations to join the Senegal squad.

And we have to wonder who will start scoring the goals in his absence, which could be for up to a month.

Leon Best (3), Shola Ameobi (1) and Peter Lovenkrands (3) are the remaining strikers and they have only 7 goals between them, and left full-back Ryan Taylor is joint second top scorer with 3 goals.

That says something about Newcastle scoring prowess without Demba Ba,  10 goals in the league in 17 games to be exact.

And Newcastle have only 23 goals in their 17 league games, which is at least 9 goals less than any of the top five clubs in the league have scored.

That seems to suggest that Newcastle need another striker, and maybe we really should bring in a replacement for Andy Carroll next month, we certainly still have the money available.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • ross armstrong

    Dec 25, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #1

    good lad demba , desp need a prolific striker !! get ya f ecking wallet man ashley make us geordies happy for once!!

  • Graeme

    Dec 25, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed, its a “self made” disaster waiting to happen!! The “Brains” running the club have known since we signed Ba and Tiote that the chances were we would lose them both for the ACN – what did our Illustrious Leaders do to mitigate the possibility? Yep, you got it, exactly F all!!!!

    Once Ba is off on his travels, our next “Leading Goal Scorer” has managed to hit the net on 3 occasions!! So, given the games we have to play while Ba is away. how many goals can you see us scoring? I’m terrified they wont get past the digits on one hand – between them, not each!!! Its not something you would write home about – is it!!!

    Re-enforcements are required on an URGENT basis – after all, we have waited 12 months for our replacement No9!!! Boy, do we need him now!!!!

  • Toonboy_83

    Dec 25, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Prolific striker, I want to see him at 20+ goals this season; and the best news is that because of his dodgy knee no other club will want to touch him, so he’s ours FOREVER!!

    Merry christmas

  • Toonboy_83

    Dec 25, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Graeme, calm down son; its Christmas.

    I’m sure when Ba goes someone will step up, someone always does & hopefully not holding my breath; Fat Ash might bring in an other striker… fat chance? hahha

  • fgb224lbs

    Dec 25, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #5

    We will get a striker in January but i doubt he’d be thrown straight into he team even if he were top class. Some reason i have th feeling that best hba and vuckic will all step up. Pardew says best is a great finisher, get hba and cabaye putting balls onto his toe or noggin and we are golden. Add to this haris going for 30 yard streamers and we’d still look a good attacking team. Leon looked good at the beginning of the season when ba was struggling and he may do the job again. Optimism folks

  • fgb224lbs

    Dec 25, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Screamers even. Damn my phones autocorrect

  • Graeme

    Dec 25, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Toonboy 83, Am completely mellow son, well chilled out and working at it lol. I so hope you are correct, but the past 10 games indicate Best, Loverboy, Donkeymobi, et al wont score 5 between them, in five weeks!!

    Nothing against the players, but, so far, they just haven’t delivered the goods, either in training (or they would be starting) or as a reserve (or they would be starting)!!

    Pardeau needs a dramatic “re-think” about who he is going to play and how he his going to play them if the “SLUMP” is to be ended any time soon!!!!! I really hope he does it, we score 2 a game for the period Ba is away so that when he gets back, he cant get a game – that would be the best result as far as I’m concerned!!

  • AussieToon

    Dec 25, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Mike Ashley needs to realise he needs to spend in January on a few positions and then Europe is a possibility. If he doesnt, well we have ZERO chance.

    Striker, Centre Half are two definite positions needed.

    Spend up Mike. Then you can promote your Sports Direct to Europe.

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 25, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Ben Arfa and Leon best to stand up and be counted i reckon.who do we have in those 5 weeks while BA is gone???
    Worried when Collo gets a yellow against Bolton,who’s gonna be cb then?
    Question for AP,what is up with not playing Kadar?

  • Toon Tang

    Dec 25, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #10

    we wont score any goals with demba gone. it aint gunna happen . need a striker badly . if you think our other strikers will step up and start smashing em in your badly mistaken. i hope im wrong though

    anyways , merry crimbo selector

  • nufc1902

    Dec 25, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Hi, can anyone tell me what the seats and atompshere is like in the Sir John Hall stand Level 6. Please cheers 😀

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 26, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #12

    Gotta get 3 tomorrow as the 2 next games we will get nothin out of

  • shearclass

    Dec 26, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #13

    If it wasn’t for his huge wages, I’d say we should put in a cheeky 6 or 7m pound bid for Carroll….some might hate him for leaving Newcastle, but at the end of the day it was probably mostly down to Ashley pushing him out. He’s a proven player for us with a bagsof potential, and right now he’d be a real bargain

  • beddersmag

    Dec 26, 2011 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #14

    I think best will step up as he has done before. Hes on a bad run in front of goal but still has 9 in 25 premier appearances which aint bad. Up until recently he certainly looked our best striker, and actually played some of his best games this season during that lean spell. Hes unselfish and works very hard allowing ba to stay central and bang in the goals. With ba out he will get into more dangerous areas and the goals will flow again just watch

  • Sav

    Dec 26, 2011 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #15

    I agree with the last post. Best has done better than expected when played regularly. Even Ba had a slow start after Ramadan. That’s not to say we couldn’t use a better striker but no point panic buying a journeyman as in Sholas, Lovenkrands, Ben Arfa and Best we have as good or better already. We need either an improver or a top striker.

  • ToonIcon

    Dec 26, 2011 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #16

    we definitley need a centre back, a striker and a winger capable of crossing
    but can only see us getting the centre back

  • t00ntime

    Dec 26, 2011 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #17

    Beddersmag what ur forgetting is 5 goals of best were in 2 games, so if we skip em its 4 in 23 and that looks alot worse. Lets be honest Best is our only striker able to cover for Ba but If anything long term happens to Ba we are screwed.

    After january we need to play ben arfa over best OR we need a new striker and play him over best. TBH if benny still isnt getting a game when Ba leaves for ACN I wudnt be suprised to see him ask for a transfer 🙁

  • Brutooon

    Dec 26, 2011 at 2:44 AM

    Comment #18

    wait until Chelsea or Man City bid for him. 20 million and then Demba Ba is theirs

  • Solaidback

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #19

    Greame fella, if you actually looked at the stats, you’d see that none of the other 3 strikers have really played that many games ie Strola 4 games (7 subs) 1 goal.. Loverman 4 games (5 subs) 3 goals… the only one who’s played any real games is Bestie but he’s always been alongside Ba, who was getting all the passes to him, so it’s expected that he wouldn’t score many but with Ba away, I can bet you Bestie will score for us again 😉

    I do hope we bring at least 3 players, 1 striker, 1 Cb & 1 LC to cover us for the rest of the season & hopefully keep us in the unt for Europe 😉 😉

  • cyprus

    Dec 26, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Do hope Ba stays for the long term. Nice character, confident yet humble, best striker we’ve had for a while, could become a legend… Defenders just don’t know how to deal with him! Now, Best has shown his prowess, he’ll come good again. And HBA, if played entire games (please pay attention AP) will shine like the superstar that he is. Otherwise, he will soon be asking for a transfer and he’ll torture us in future games. 2-0 today, HBA, Jonas! Haris will get some playing time, will hit the post!

  • jasper

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #21

    There are a lot of posts about individual players but what about the tactics? I think that if AP persists in a single style of play we are going to continue to sink. We have been found out and must be the easiest team in the league to prepare to play against.
    If I were the opposing manager I would say with Jonas and Obertan hugging the wings in order to look after the fullbacks and two players up front it should be easy to flood the midfield and pass through them. When Toon do have the ball Crowd the central defence because they never get down the wings and they can’t cross.
    Press the back four to encourage long balls up to Ba/Best as neither is comfortable with this and even if they win the ball there is no one running off them to get the flicks on.
    As you are flooding midfield you can get the ball forward easily and take your pick of bang it in the box if you are big or use through balls if you are quick.
    So The Toon have to have a plan B – and plan C – to keep the opposition guessing. This means changing the style which often requires changing the personnel. And the obvious place to start is to narrow the attack – we aren’t getting down the wings anyway – play HBA or HV advanced midfield behind Ba. Get a player how can keep his head up and is a quick passer in right midfield (Obertan does neither) and start passing the ball around like we were supposed to this season.
    If we don’t reinforce our midfield Cabaye will end up having to try to do it all on his own. He won’t manage, when we have the ball we will lose it quickly and when the opposition have it Cabaye (and Tiote when we have him) will continue to accumulate yellow cards.
    I lost count of the number of long balls played towards Ba and Best against WBA. But it didn’t take a lot fingers to count the number they won. But most of our threats came from the few times we kept it on the ground. We have to change.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #22

    Brutooon, Have you thought about changing your nick? How about Brudooom?

  • Satan

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #23

    Can see Ba picking up the No9 shirt next season the way he’s going, but then again maybe the No9 shirt could be used as an added attraction to help lure a new CF. Would love to see 3 new faces in January although I’m very sceptical on our chances…how about Luuk DeJong, Gary Cahill and Aly Cissokho? Would cost about 24m though so I’ll keep dreaming….need a win badly today to stop the downward spiral, confidence is rapidly disappearing….maybe scrape a 2-1 I reckon HWTL!

  • Lee Dodd

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #24

    3 Points today Will do us the world of good – We battered stoke we can surely batter Bolton !!!!! They Know we need a Good centre Half and 2 Good Strikers and a Midfielder . But when we do they sit on the bench for weeks look at Santon and HBA !!!! We Bring Sammy etc on instead !!!

  • beddersmag

    Dec 26, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #25


    Take you point but thats luke saying Bas two hat tricks dont count because were in 2 games etc. Still scored them and lets face it he plays the unselfish heskey role that wont get you the huge goal tally or recognition. Still think hes a good player for the team- and sorry for the heskey comparison ha ha hope he ends up united with oneil for the mackams


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