Stats: Ba or Remy - Who should Newcastle prioritise?

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Newcastle United are believed to be tracking both Loic Remy and Demba Ba, but which striker should be their priority?

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is desperate to add firepower to the side ahead of the new season and is reportedly targeting two of his former players in Demba Ba and Loic Remy.

Ba scored 29 times in 54 appearances for the Magpies before joining Chelsea in January 2013, but he has failed to find regular playing time, and as a result goals have been hard to come by.

A return to Tyneside would see the Senegalese forward play regular football once again, although Everton will rival Newcastle for his signature, whether it be a loan move or permanent switch.

Remy was on loan at the club last season, but has returned to Queens Park Rangers with his future at the London outfit in serious doubt.

The Frenchman has been linked with a move to both Tottenham and Arsenal, but Pardew has not given up trying to sign him despite the fact that Remy ruled out a return to the club earlier this summer.

The 27-year-old was Newcastle's top scorer last season with 14 goals in 26 Premier League games, one more goal than Ba managed in his final season at the club, although he played six fewer games that Remy.

Ba only scored five times last season in 19 league appearances but found starts hard to come by, and it's difficult to judge who would be a better option for Newcastle if they had to choose just one of the pair.

 2013-14 TeamPosAppsGoalsGoal AssistTotal Scoring Att / appsAerial Won / appsAccurate Pass / appsTouches / appsMins
Loïc Remy Newcastle FW 26 14 3 3.46 1.50 18.15 36.04 2,103
Demba Ba Chelsea FW 19 5 1 1.63 1.42 5.84 14.89 661

The statistics from last season make it hard to fairly compare the two as Ba played just 661 minutes, with several late substitute appearances making it difficult for the frontman to get involved.

However, Remy's aerial capabilities are highlighted as he was more proficient in that area than Ba last season. A better comparison can be made from Ba's two seasons at Newcastle before making the move to Chelsea.

 2011-12 TeamPosAppsGoalsGoal AssistTotal Scoring Att / appsAerial Won / appsAccurate Pass / appsTouches / appsMins
Demba Ba Newcastle United FW 34 16 2 3.21 1.79 16.79 35.88 2,729

He scored 16 times in his first season with the club and won 1.79 headers per game, although Remy's performance last campaign was still slightly better as he made more passes and had more shots on goal per game.

 2012-13 TeamPosAppsGoalsGoal AssistTotal Scoring Att / appsAerial Won / appsAccurate Pass / appsTouches / appsMins
Demba Ba Newcastle FW 20 13 0 4.45 2.90 19.15 38.65 1,669

Ba was at his best before joining Chelsea and scored 13 times in just 20 appearances in the first half of the 2012-13 season, winning almost three headers per game with 4.45 shots on goal per appearance.

Both Remy and Ba are more than capable of scoring the goals to lift Newcastle once again, and if both can be acquired, then Pardew will have a serious strikeforce at his disposal.

However, if one has to be prioritised, then Pardew will have the difficult task of making the decision who is more valuable to the side, and who can be realistically acquired with Remy strongly linked with Arsenal and Everton interested in Ba.

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