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Newcastle United Back In The Demba Ba Position

6 years ago
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Winning football matches is the name of the game but Newcastle United are treading a very narrow path, with a situation very similar to when Demba Ba was scoring for fun at St.James’ Park.

Some people may be keen to rewrite history but certainly the first half of that season when Newcastle finished fifth was built on some gritty defensive displays and of course, Demba Ba’s goals.

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demba baFor the first five months of that season, Newcastle’s only other attacking options were Best, Shola, Lovenkrands and…Nile Ranger.

Ba came with a health warning regarding a knee condition that could worsen at any time and if he had been ruled out through injury then I think it is fair to say that the 2011/12 season would not have ended up as memorable, certainly not in a positive way anyway.

You doubt that?

Well in the first 12 games of that season, Demba Ba scored 8 of Newcastle’s 18 goals.

Jump forward two seasons and Loic Remy has scored 8 of the 17 United goals.

In that 2011/12 season the pattern continued and by the time Ba went off to the African Nations in early January, the Senegal striker had scored a massive 15 of Newcastle’s 29 goals, better than one in two of the total.

Of course Cisse teamed up with Demba Ba in the February and bizarrely ended up replacing Ba as Newcastle’s central goal threat, scoring a high proportion of the goals but not quite in Ba proportions.

Only as the season drew to a conclusion did the trio of Ba, Cisse and Ben Arfa open up and take apart a number of teams, with Cabaye also instrumental in United at last being able to dominate on a number of occasions.

Coming back up to date, United have a non-scoring Shola and totally out of form Cisse as back up.

Celebrate Loic Remy but also pray that we bring in another goal scorer as we are on very thin ice at the minute.

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