Should £7 million striker leave Chelsea in January?

Demba Ba has struggled for game time at Chelsea and the latest rumours suggest he could have a way out in January.

The host of names linked with Demba Ba since August could form their own mini-league.

Since moving to Chelsea from Newcastle for £7 million, the Senegal striker has not had everything his own way, scoring only a handful of goals and enjoying only a handful of starts.

Rafa Benitez brought Ba to Stamford Bridge to serve as a worthy deputy to Fernando Torres but the 28-year-old has failed to find his scoring boots, while Torres has also failed to reach his former glorious heights.

Could a parting of the ways between Ba and Chelsea, then, be the optimum solution?

Newcastle themselves reportedly maintained an interest in re-signing Ba from the Blues, albeit before they brought in Loic Remy, while there was mooted interested from Besiktas in November.

It is the latest developments that may interest Ba the most, however, with the Senegalese forward reportedly offered the chance to join Roma in January.

Chelsea are said to be holding out for a £12.6 million move but will be keen to offload the 28-year-old.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are also reported to still be keen on bringing Ba to north London, although whether Jose Mourinho will entertain that thought is another matter.

With the options available to him, Ba may be wise to consider a Stamford Bridge exit.

The clamour for a new striker in west London is as frequent as ever, with Falcao, amongst others, constantly linked with a move to the Blues.

Even if they do not recruit a new forward, though, Ba will still be third in the pecking order behind Torres and Samuel Eto'o.

The Senegalese striker has had to make do largely with appearances off the bench this term and a chance to flourish at Roma (potentially) could offer a welcome alternative.

After all, a move to the Serie A club has worked out for Gervinho, so the same option would surely do Ba wonders.

The choice, of course, is down to him - though Ba will have to think long and hard about whether he can realistically ever break into this Chelsea team.

If he does not truly believe he can, that will provide him with his answer.

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