Does this former Magpies' striker regret leaving Newcastle?

Demba Ba was warned that the grass isn't always greener elsewhere.

The Chelsea striker has vowed to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge, but it seems like he's the latest in a long line of players to struggle after leaving the Tyneside club.

Ba is challenging Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o for a first team place in west London, after Jose Mourinho allowed Romelu Lukaku and Victor Moses to leave on loan.

The Senegalese striker remains optimistic, after Mourinho blocked a deadline day loan move to Arsenal.

"This is part of football. Now it all depends on me, and the performances I put on the pitch. If I play well, I'll deserve to play and the manager will pick me in the team. That's how it is. If I don't perform, it will be my fault.

Ba has scored 2 goals in 15 appearances at the Bridge, and played just 65 minutes for the Blues this season. He is likely to feature in Chelsea's Champions League group game against FC Basel on Wednesday night.

"I know I haven't played as well as I did when I was at Newcastle or West Ham but I needed time to settle. I've worked hard, I will keep working hard and I still believe the reward will come from that work," he added.

In May last year, as rumours of Ba's departure surfaced, Alan Pardew said that he wants Ba to stay on Tyneside because "You’re loved by us and you don’t get that everywhere – trust me, you don’t. The grass isn’t always greener."

The advice holds true. In fact, it is hard to find many players who have left Newcastle in recent years and went on to greater things.

Shay Given left midway through the season Newcastle got relegated and ended up on the Manchester City bench. The likes of Habib Beye, Damien Duff, Obafemi Martins and Jose Enrique, were all idolised but faced a struggle after they departed. James Milner is probably the only real success story that comes to mind.

Ba, for all his effort, hasn't really managed to make an impact at Chelsea. So, maybe a part of him regrets leaving Newcastle?

What do you think? 

image: © Ben Sutherland

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