With Premiership striker Demba Ba returning from his fruitless trip with his new team mate Papiss Cissé in the African Cup of Nations, It was key that the partnership took off well for the Magpies in their match against Aston Villa. With just over 30 minutes on the clock the prolific striker grabbed himself his 16th Premiership goal of the season and to top it off his new team mate Cissé scored a stunner to grab the 3 points and move them up to 5th in the league.
When Demba first arrived in the Premiership it caught many people of guard as he was not well known in England. He proved many critics wrong after nearly saving his former club West Ham United from relegation, Ba scored 7 goals in 12 games but after the Hammers got relegated, he had a release clause which allowed him to move back to the Premiership on a free transfer. This triggered interest from two clubs, Everton and the club where he has made a name for himself today, Newcastle United.
Demba made his league debut for the Magpies on the 13th august in a 0-0 draw with Arsenal, However in late September Ba scored a hat-trick against Blackburn, which then lead on to his second hat-trick, in an away win at Stoke City. As Ba’s scoring record kept improving, the Senegalese striker was rewarded for his fine form after being picked for ESPN’s Team of the first half of the season squad.
At the start of January Demba had to go to the African Cup of Nation with Senegal, During this time it was the January transfer market and there was speculation over Ba’s future at Tyneside. Rumours had it that many big clubs were after the striker and would offer a bid in either January or at the end of the season, but most of these allegations dropped as his current club Newcastle United successfully signed his friend and Senegalese strike partner Papiss Cissé for around £10 million pounds. Papiss said in many interviews that he was looking forward to playing along side Demba, Implying that Ba was staying at the Magpies at least until the end of the season.
In my opinion I can understand why many clubs are after Demba, it is obvious that in his career he scores lots of goals and creates a positive atmosphere among the fans. Newcastle should take credit in the signing of Ba as should West Ham, but where is the future for Demba?