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?