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Demba Ba – “It Is Only Another Match”

8 years ago
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It is a bit of a strange one, Demba Ba coming back to Newcastle, not quite sure what kind of a reaction he will get.

Personally, I think I’m a bit like the player himself (if you read below), not really bothered either way.

Demba Ba speaking to the Mirror;

“Newcastle is going to be a big game for me but I won’t let the occasion go overboard.

Whenever you join a club you look at the schedule to see when you will be playing your old team and I knew St.James’ Park was coming up fast

At the end of the day it is only another match, three points – nothing more than that.

I’m proud of what I did there, the fans gave me 100% and I gave them 100% back.

This is football though and from one day to another you can change, it is part of the job.

Now I’m at Chelsea at the next level. When you play it is to win, to win trophies.

If you are a striker you need to score. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not playing for myself, for me…I’m doing it for the team”.

I think Demba Ba is a complete professional and gives it everything on the pitch but I definitely get the feeling that he is dispassionate about the clubs he plays for.

I remember reading in the summer about the most popular names that fans got on the back of their shirts, Cisse was in our top three but not Ba. Fair enough Cisse was scoring the goals towards the end of the season but I would argue that over the whole season it was Ba more than anybody who got us into fifth spot but despite having his very own class ‘Ramadan’ crowd chant I don’t feel the fans could 100% feel a connection with him.

As for Demba’s comments about ‘doing it for the team’ I think he does do that, up to a point. Certainly this season he had issues with passing to Cisse and at times went for personal glory.

I can’t help thinking that with the way things panned out and his eventual transfer, Ba knew that no matter how much he did for the team it was only scoring a load of goals that would land the bumper payout for both player and ‘representatives’.

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Cisse To Score First Goal 13/2
Ba To Score First Goal 5/1

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