Will Demba Ba Find The Grass Greener back At Newcastle United?
They Say ‘never go back’ but for the Premier League there is a lot of that going around at the moment, with the biggest ‘exception to the rule’ being the Special One Jose Mourhinio.
His return to Chelsea could once again shake up things in the Premier League. With Ferguson finally calling it a day, Mancini forced out for failing to make ‘lightning strike twice’, Jose may have returned to Chelsea just at the right time.
With no pressure now to do the ‘impossible’ and win the Champions League as that box has been ticked, and all he needs to do is pull on the purse strings of Billionaire Abramovich’s private puppet show.
The tail effect of this whirlwind is the issue of Demba Ba. In an unlikely move, Chelsea activated his release in January and picked up a striker at the top of his game for a measly £7.5m, with the lure of playing for the current European Champions and 85,000 other reasons, Ba made the jump and left Newcastle United after playing 54 Games scoring 29 Goals. Not a bad return for a player Newcastle acquired for free.
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Always in the £50m shadow of fellow striker Fernando Torres, Ba has so far played 14 times for Chelsea scoring 2 goals – a far cry from his 1-2 average from his previous 2 clubs. With the special one’s return and the promise of a war chest the size of Roman’s 536ft private Yacht (“Eclipse” – googled it and was nearly sick) it doesn’t take a genius to realise that game time for Demba will become ever more distant.
Yes it is silly season but a return to St. James Park isn’t beyond the realms of possibility for the Senegalese international. Would Newcastle take him back? I for one would. Ba had an amazing season (as we all did) in 2011-2012 and was instrumental in landing fellow international striker Papiss Cisse. It is true that Ba and Cisse never quite gelled together but at least we had 2 x 12+ goals a season strikers at the club instead of 1 x 10+ and…Shola Ameobi.
The practicalities of such a deal are not worth getting into, what goes on around Mike Ashley’s table we can only guess, but I would certainly take Ba over any move for Andy Carroll who is currently injured and boasts a record of 13 goals in 68 appearances over the last 2 and a half years. Yes he’s British. Yes he was born in the North East. That’s it.
Ba scored all types of goals for Newcastle including 2 hat-tricks, headers, free kicks, and who can forget the Volley against Manchester United. He’s also scored at top away grounds like The Emirates & Old Trafford, showing he can do it away from SJP as well.
I don’t blame him for going, who wouldn’t , double the money and playing for the European Champions.
However, maybe he will now know that the grass isn’t always greener – especially at Stamford Bridge.
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