Should Newcastle target former striker who's also played under Rafa Benitez before?

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

Newcastle United may be beginning to start preparing for a Premier League return so perhaps a striker they know very well should be targeted.

Newcastle United manager Rafa BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

Newcastle appear to be closing in on promotion to the Premier League, and if they do book their return to the top flight, Rafa Benitez will surely take little time to start identifying targets that can help boost their chances of re-establishing themselves at the highest level.

One name that perhaps would be a controversial target is a player that Newcastle fans know well having cheered him on earlier in his career, and one that Benitez already has experience of working with.

Demba Ba's career appears to be in a little doubt currently. The 31-year-old suffered a horrific leg break whilst playing in a game for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua last year. And oddly, despite not playing since, he has returned to former club Besiktas on loan, where he will remain until May.

If the Turkish side do not end up signing him permanently, then perhaps the Magpies should consider trying to bring him in on loan as cover for Dwight Gayle.

Demba Ba (L) celebrates with Leon Best after scoring the third goal for Newcastle to complete his hat trickDemba Ba

Of course, it would be foolish to pursue a move if Ba comes to the end of his loan spell with Besiktas without proving that he is able to reach the level he was at before his injury, but if he does return, and does impress, he may be a decent understudy to Gayle.

Ba scored 29 goals in 54 Premier League games during his time with the Magpies, so anything like that kind of strike-rate if he did return would be extremely welcome during their first year at the highest level.

Demba BaDemba Ba

With Carlos Tevez now at the CSL club, it seems possible that Shanghai would sanction another move for Ba just like the one that saw him head back to Turkey. 

It may seem an uninspiring move on paper, and of course, it would make little sense to move for Ba - who played under Benitez at Chelsea - if he does not prove his fitness and form before the end of the campaign, but perhaps a loan deal for next season could be ideal as it would bolster the Magpies' options with a player who is a proven goalscorer in the Premier League.

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