Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Demba Ba almost did not make it to the Barclays Premier League. His hat-trick against Stoke ensured that Tony Pulis will continue to rue "the one that got away". But then would Demba Ba fit in at Stoke with their rugged, physical and direct footballing style? I doubt it.
The Senegalese however is excelling at Newcastle after a difficult start to the new season. Luckily for Newcastle, Leon Best did his utmost initially to allow Ba time to settle at Newcastle. And since then, Demba Ba goalscoring form has been superb. The football statisticians have listed Ba as the most efficient goal scorer currently in the Premiership with 47% conversion rate.
At Hoffenheim, he does his business on the ground, scoring with backheels, long shots and solo runs. In the Premiership, he scores incredible headed goals. That underlines the versatility that Ba possesses and confirms his ability to adapt to the harsh demands of top flight English football
His first goal at Stoke was a spectacular diving header that he expertly directed away from Begovic. For once, Obertan delivered a teasing cross that Ba could attack.
And what about the wonderful view of Demba Ba flying through the air last season, scoring against Liverpool in that memorable 3-1 win.
The Toon striker loves scoring diving headers and who could begrudge him when he succeeds to score and give the on-field photographers some highlight reels.
Newcastle must continue to do well under Pardew to keep Ba as his reputation grow with every game he plays. I wouldn't be too worried about this season as the Magpies are destined to be a top ten side come May 2012. It is the dreaded "second season syndrome" that the Toon fans should be wary about.
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