Chelsea striker Demba Ba is likely to be elsewhere next season, and yet if this really does prove to be his final campaign at Stamford Bridge, he could ultimately prove to be their hero.
Having scored the vital second goal in the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Paris Saint-Germain, Ba struck again at the weekend, scoring the only goal of the game against Swansea City just hours after Liverpool had climbed seven points clear of Manchester City in the race for the Premier League.
Ba may have only scored seven goals all season, but the last two could prove to be among the most important of the Blues' entire campaign.
As you can see from the Opta stats below, Ba had five scoring attempts prior to his substitution, two of which were on target. He also played 12 accurate passes in his 79 minutes on the pitch.
|Goals||Total Scoring Attempt||On-target Scoring Attempt||Accurate Pass||Mins|
So Ba's contribution proved vital again, but what did the fans make of his showing?
We took to Twitter after the match to gauge reaction, and you can read a selection of what we found below:
CFC (@banze_chelsea) April 14, 2014
Has Chelsea's Demba Ba got that special passion to score regardless? The desire that has been missing from our strike force all season.— mason (@masonpoolestep3) April 14, 2014
@dembabafoot your and actual striker Chelsea need not Torres or Eto'o. You've played 4 matches and 4 goals. I don't understand Mourinho.— NPW (@NikolaiWaters) April 14, 2014
Demba Ba doesn't always score. But when he does it,it will always a important one. All are in for Chelsea. #ForeverBlue— Aidil (@aidilakmal96) April 14, 2014
Demba Ba should get more chances at Chelsea.— Hussein Abdi (@TntAbdi) April 14, 2014