I know free transfers these days are not exactly ‘free’ but what value for money Demba Ba is proving to be.

Newcastle took advantage of a clause in his contract when West Ham were relegated and their loss has most definitely been Newcastle’s gain.

I would hate to think where we would have been without his 11 goals from an overall team total of 21 in the league.

His eleven goals in the last ten league matches have made him joint second in the goalscoring stakes, only Van Persie ahead of Ba, Rooney and Aguero. It isn’t like he is purely a goal moocher/hanger either, his all round play and effort are a credit to his character.

I cringe when I think of previous ‘frees’ like Viduka and Geremi, effort was a four letter word where they were concerned. I remember one vital away match and actually during play a mate of mine saw Viduka in a car showroom picking up a new ninety grand car seemingly without a care in the world. Which I suppose you haven’t when you are getting paid that kind of money PER WEEK for zero effort.

Of course we have had other notable free successes with the likes of John Anderson who proved to be a solid reliable performer and of course put in ten years at St.James’ Park, resulting in a well-earned testimonial.

In Demba Ba though Newcastle look to have found the real deal and is looking the best free transfer ever for Newcastle, unless anybody can tell me different?