Cech says fringe man has role to play at Chelsea - wishful thinking?

The Blues goalkeeper was full of praise for Demba Ba, saying he has a future at the club – does he?

Demba Ba got a rare Premier League outing on Saturday, coming off the bench for Chelsea and netting a brace in the 4-0 rout of Tottenham.

The appearance was only the Senegal international’s 13th showing for the Blues this season, with only two starts and a combined total of 332 minutes of Premier League action.

Despite a widespread recognition that the former Newcastle man is third choice at Stamford Bridge, Petr Cech feels Ba can be an important player for the club.

“Of course Demba may still have a big role to play. You need everybody because you never know what can happen,” he is quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard.

“Two seasons ago when we played the Champions League Final, we suddenly had all our central defenders injured and one banned and needed everybody to fill in and play.

“It’s credit to the guys like Demba who aren’t playing much because you can see that anything might happen and we need everyone in the team to be ready. Samuel came in just before the kick-off for Fernando and then Demba came on with 15 minutes to go and they both did really well.

“It’s credit to them that they keep working hard and waiting for their opportunity to help the team to achieve success. Everybody seems to be doing that.”

Despite Ba getting goals at the weekend, realistically has he got a future at Chelsea?

One thing is almost guaranteed; Jose Mourinho looks set to shuffle his attacking pack this summer.

With Eto’o on his way out of the club after a solitary season and continued rumblings over Torres’ future, there is the possibility that both could leave in the off-season.

However, there will certainly be new, high-profile arrivals, which will make it even more difficult for Ba to get time on the pitch.

At a point in time the African was one of the hottest properties in the Premier League, bagging goals for fun for Newcastle.

However, despite a lack of real top-class striking options at Mourinho’s disposal, Ba has still only started two Premier League games this season – surely it won’t change next season?

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