Demba Ba has been a revelation on Tyneside this season.
Demba Ba – has been a revelation on Tyneside
And Newcastle will shortly have to do without their number one goalscorer, as the Senegal International will soon head off to the African Cup of Nations.
Alan Pardew was hoping to keep him at Newcastle until 15th January, and the tournament starts a week later, but the news is that he will likely not be successful.
Manchester City have apparently failed in their attempts to keep the Ivory Coast brothers – Yaha and Kolo Toure – at the Etihad stadium until mid-January, and they will now depart probably around January 8th for the tournament.
That means Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote’s last game will be on January 7th in the FA Cup third round, when Newcastle are at home to Blackburn Rovers.
Demba Ba has scored 13 of Newcastle’s 23 goals in the league this season, and when he leaves Newcastle, some of our strikers will need to step up to the plate, and those include Shola Ameobi, Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands and others.
Ben Arfa could play a withdrawn striker role, as could 19 year-old Haris Vuckic, and the Slovenian has an eye for goal too as we witnessed last Wednesday when he had very good game in the middle of the park for the Magpies.
Demba Ba talked to the daily mail about hos ambitions when he arrived on Tyneside last June:
“I don’t really expect to score 10 or 15 or five or 20 goals – when I first came I just wanted to play, to have fun on the pitch, to show the whole club that the trust they put in me I was going to give it back.”
“That’s what has happened. I just have fun when I play, and think people see it on a Saturday or a Sunday.”
“I don’t think our recent results have affected anybody in the team and personally, it hasn’t affected me. When you look at the schedule, we have played three of the top teams and we could have got more from that.”
“We just missed some of the little things that could have made a victory or something else. But it hasn’t affected me and it hasn’t affected the team, and we are just going to try to get back to winning.”
The Newcastle players cannot become too anxious about getting that next win – we haven’t won in the last 6 games – because that will interfere with their game, as it did against West Brom last Wednesday.
The players should try to relax, because after all we are in no danger of relegation, and indeed we can still finish the season in a very high 7th place and maybe even qualify for Europe.
Alan Pardew will do his very best to prepare the lads for the Bolton game on Boxing Day, and it will be a late but very welcome Christmas present if our boys can get all 3 points.
Howay The Lads!!