Oct
4
2011

Demba Ba

Demba Ba - Newcastle United

Newcastle United CrestD.O.B: 25th May 1985 (now 26)

Birthplace: Sèvres, France (French – Senegalese)

Height: 6ft  2in

Playing Position: Striker

Youth Career:

Port Autonome du Havre 1998 – 2000

Frileuse 2000 – 2001

Montrouge 2001 – 2004

Watford 2004 – 2005

Senior Career:

Roeun 2005 – 2006

Mouscron 2006 – 2007

1899 Hoffenheim 2007 – 2011

West Ham  2011

Newcastle United 2011 – Present

International Career:

Senegal ( 10 Caps, 3 Goal )


Demba Ba

Demba Ba may not the No.9 star striker that Newcastle fans were hoping for in August but the French-born Senegalese international has recently begun to step up to the plate. He may have been struggling with lack of fitness (and the possible effects of Ramadan?) but with 4 goals in 6 games, Ba has helped lift the Toon into 4th position in the Premier League after 7 games. Spirits are high on Tyneside and Ba is looking better game by game. After a fairly quiet debut against Arsenal, the striker looked as if he wanted to break out of the heaviest chainmail around, he squirming at the moment. With his and fellow striker Leon Best’s good form, may we be seeing a strike force that could fire NUFC into a top ten position come the end of the season?

Strengths

Even Arsene Wenger could see Demba’s impressive and consistent goal scoring record. With 7 Goals in 12 games for West Ham last season (having joined in January 2011), topped off by 4 goals in 6 for Newcastle this season (so far, 02/10/2011). Another minor, but impressive strength is his apabtillity to playing with different strikers, after his summer move, he’s recently conjured up a partnership with Leon Best, another NUFC player in form. I think its fair to say that if two strikers who both aren’t seen by many as prolific strikers (even though Demba Ba and Leon Best both have exceptional PRemier League scoring records) can be firing goals in consistently, you have to take your hat off to them. Being honest, at the start of the season I nobody could have seen it going so well. (to prevent a jinx – and long may it continue)

Other factors -

  • Power and strength
  • Control
  • Great Finisher
  • Ba has been a fairly prolific goalscorer throughout his whole career so far.

Weaknesses:

Standing at 6ft 2in, pace isn’t Demba Ba’s biggest friend, I mean, he can run faster than Shola Ameobi but doesn’t hold the pace I’d love him to have.

PlayerFacts:

  • Ba has played a total of ten games for Senegal, scoring three goals.
  • Ba has scored an impressive 81 career goals in 163 games.
  • He scored his first hat trick for Newcastle United against Blackburn Rovers.

For those who weren’t familiar with Demba Ba when he was playing at West Ham, here is a video of his goal from that short period:

Current Status: First Team Striker (Holds potential)

Current Ability: 7.3/10

Potential: 8.4/10

The information for this article was valid at the time of writing on 02-10-2011

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About the Author: Josh Hannen

At the moment I find myself away from my home town Newcastle, getting a good education (not saying I wouldn't get a good one in Newcastle, it's just how things have worked out!), however my love for Newcastle United Football Club hasn't decreased in the slightest! At the age of 15 I have started my NUFC Blog, because I wish to venture into Journalism in the future, and also to write down my views on NUFC for everyone to read, discuss and comment on! I shall be writing here for The NUFC Blog as well! I follow NUFC through and through! Howay The Lads! Find me on Twitter - @JoshHannen

2 Comments + Add Comment

  • The statistics at the end of this write up are laughable. 8.4/10 for his potential? Hahaha that’s very exact you muppet

  • Ba Ba Demba, can you score a goal?
    Yes Sir! Yes Sir! Three at a stroll!
    One against Blackburn!
    One against Stoke!
    Want one against the Mackem twats,
    ‘cos they’re a fkn joke!

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