Chelsea striker Demba Ba is linked with a move to Serie A giants Roma this summer little over six months after he moved to Stamford Bridge from Newcastle.
The Magpies endured a tough opening day defeat against Manchester City to whom they lost 4-0 at the Etihad on Monday. That follows a summer of uncertainty at St James’ Park after a difficult fight for survival in the Premier League last term.
Manager Alan Pardew hasn’t had the easiest of jobs on Tyneside of late and whilst it was not the only factor in their disappointing term last season, one could point to the loss of Demba Ba in January as a pivotal moment in their season.
Pardew himself stated he is hopeful of signing a striker before September 2nd to ‘replace’ Ba at Newcastle but perhaps, if Chelsea aren’t that interested in keeping hold of the Senegal international, Newcastle might be able to bring him back?
“We are still short. We are short of Demba Ba," he told the Newcastle Chronicle.
"That's what it looks like and until Rémy is fit or we get another striker, it will be a problem for us."
Loic Remy has signed on loan from Queen’s Park Rangers but apart from the Frenchman there hasn’t been a huge injection of quality to Pardew’s squad ahead of the new season. The only other addition is 16-year-old midfielder Olivier Kemen from Metz.
Newcastle were unlucky with injuries last season – there can be no disagreements about that – but losing Demba Ba and Andy Carroll before him, the Magpies have struggled to make themselves as dangerous up front. Papiss Cisse works hard but it cannot be denied that he was far more effective in conjunction with Ba last year.
The 28-year-old compatriot of Ba’s scored 8 goals in 36 league appearances last term which is a long way short of what Newcastle needed of him ideally.
Meanwhile, over at Stamford Bridge, Ba failed to replicate his form at Newcastle for the Blues – after scoring 13 goals in 20 games for Newcastle prior to his move, he managed just 2 gaols in 14 league appearances for Chelsea.
The Blues are presently linked with Wayne Rooney and Samuel Eto’o and boss Jose Mourinho will likely add another addition to his options up front Fernando Torres and returning loan star Romelu Lukaku. It’s hard to see where and how Demba Ba is going to get enough games to rebuild his form at Stamford Bridge. He was taken off after 65 minutes against Aston Villa on Wednesday after having a fairly ineffectual game.
According to reports he’s wanted in the Italian capital as well as the English capital, London rivals West Ham. But could Newcastle be tempted to take him back for a second spell at St James’? There is no doubt he enjoyed his best form at Newcastle over his two seasons there and his Senegal teammate Cisse seemed to combine with him very effectively indeed.
Newcastle need a top quality striker for a reasonable sum of money and Chelsea have a striker they likely won’t need who wants regular starts. If all parties involved could put the past behind them, Demba Ba would be a fantastic signing for Newcastle United.
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