Demba Ba’s form so far this season has been nothing short of fantastic, with a staggering record of 15 league goals in 17 league starts this season. This was from a player who was signed by Alan Pardew on a free transfer from West Ham where he averaged a goal every other game but was unable to save the Hammers from relegation to the Championship. Many spectators believed Ba could be a good signing for Newcastle and could help to supply the side with enough goals to ensure a mid-table finish, provided Pardew purchased a strike partner to play alongside him. Countless Newcastle fans vented their anger at the club not acquiring another front man to help share the burden of scoring with Ba and the position Newcastle currently hold in the league was something fans envisaged they could only dream of.
Whilst Ba had a slow start to his Newcastle career, his first Premier league goals for the side came against Blackburn Rovers towards the end of September where he scored a hat-trick. He went on to score another three goal haul in an impressive away win at Stoke and this result thrust Newcastle to as high as third in the league, only six points behind the leaders Manchester City and astonishingly only a single point behind reigning champions Manchester United. This impressive feat was achieved as Newcastle remained unbeaten after eleven Premier league games and they would keep this undefeated streak until mid November when they encountered the league leaders Manchester City. Ba’s goals have not only come against mid-table and struggling sides as he has scored both home and away against Manchester United, with his goal against them at The Sports Direct Arena being of great quality.
In spite of all this however, it must be considered whether Demba Ba would struggle to emulate his Newcastle form should he ever chose to leave the North East to join a club such as Sir Alex Ferguson’s, where play would not revolve around him so much as he would merely be a cog in the machine that wins trophies. This is the problem that Ba’s predecessor Andy Carroll has encountered after his Newcastle form in the early part of last season led to a big money move to Liverpool, where it is no secret that he has been ineffectual thus far. There are numerous arguments for Carroll’s poor form, with some pointing to the fact he has been forced to become grow up and fend for himself after leaving his hometown club and family, whilst others point to his lifestyle with persisting questions over a drinking habit. Whilst this may be a factor it must be acknowledged that it is in fact the style of Liverpool’s play and the lack of service which is over all responsible for a goal drought and crisis of confidence for the big man. It is safe to say that Newcastle’s football is molded to suit Demba Ba, his aerial ability and neat finishing. Yet Ba also possesses some clever movement that perhaps Carroll lacks, leading to the evaluation that possibly Ba is not as much of a ‘one trick pony’ as Carroll and so may prosper in other surroundings in the Premier league.
Of course all of the above argument could become futile if Ba did ever leave Newcastle to join one of the league’s top sides and repeat his goal scoring prowess, at not only the top of the domestic stage, but also in European football. Nevertheless it must be recognized that a player who is a great force at one club would be unable to compete at the same level in another environment and this article merely encourages the reader to consider this fact, amongst reports of other teams watching the Newcastle number 19’s form closely.