It is fair to say Demba Ba’s move from Newcastle United to Chelsea has not gone exactly according to plan.
The Senegal striker left the Magpies as the joint third-highest goal-scorer in last season’s Premier League with 13 goals prior to his January move.
But by the end of the campaign he had managed just two more league goals and only six in total for his new club.
This season is going no better, with just a single league strike to add to two in the Champions League. But he may not have even been a Chelsea player if Arsenal had had their way.
On another anti-climactic transfer deadline day, Ba’s potential loan move to the Emirates Stadium was one of the more exciting sub-plots. But in the end the move did not happen.
In quotes published in the Belfast Telegraph back in September, Jose Mourinho is reported to have said, “We didn’t accept Arsenal’s offer for Demba Ba because the signing of (Mesut) Ozil makes them title contenders.”
“People talk about me joining Arsenal,” Ba is quoted as saying. “But there has never been an approach from them.
“There is nothing going on in this regard. Things are okay for me at the moment. You just need a bit of time to adapt when you change clubs.
“But as soon as I’m given the chance to prove myself, I take it so the fact that I’ve often been on the substitutes’ bench is nothing serious.”
Whether there was an approach or not, Ba appears to see his future at Chelsea. He can only hope Mourinho feels the same.
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