Demba Ba has completed a transfer from Newcastle United to Chelsea, just days after we said it wouldn’t happen. Bleeding typical. At what first seemed to be a smokescreen, has materialised to be genuine interest on Chelsea’s part and they’ve gone ahead and signed him according to Alan Pardew, who had this to say to Sky Sports:
“It’s done, he will go to Chelsea with our blessing. He has done fantastically for us, it’s a big club, good luck to him. For us, it’s not a bad thing because of all the uncertainty of whether he was going to stay is now done. We can move on, we’re a massive club here. This club is bigger than any player for sure. In some respects, I’m pleased.”
In signing Ba, Chelsea equip themselves with options in attack and a more prolific striker than the ailing Fernando Torres. The Spaniard can have his good days, but when he has a bad day, he plays like a gigantic mountain of poo and when he’s had those sort of games, Chelsea have had no one else to turn to. Look at Roberto di Matteo’s last game in charge against Juventus for example, where he dropped the out of form Torres and played Eden Hazard as the central striker. It didn’t work, Chelsea were thumped by Juventus, dropped out of the Champions League at the group stage and di Matteo was sacked. Had he been able to call on Romelu Lukaku, or anybody for that matter, then maybe things might be different.
“Maybe”, “might”; nothing is certain what would have happened had Chelsea plumped for Demba Ba in the summer, when he was still at the same price they’ve bought him for now, but I’m confident that had they signed before the season got underway, then Chelsea would be much closer to the top spot, because for all their striker worries, they have played some wonderful stuff at times and their triumvirate of Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard in full flow can be a joy to watch. It’s just a pity on behalf of Chelsea supporters that they’ve had to wait until now to see a focal point to their attack. Are Chelsea supporters confident when they see Torres get the ball? No, and that transcends to the players, who know just as well as anyone that Torres won’t score 25 goals this season and power them to the top.
Take last night for example; a home defeat to rock-bottom of the league, terrible, shambles of a team, QPR. Chelsea should not lose that, even if they’re playing badly. Post-match, Chelsea supporters on Twitter were irate with Torres for another lacklustre performance. It isn’t too much to ask of a £50 million footballer to grab a game by the scruff of its neck and bag three points. Didier Drogba used to do just that for Chelsea, Robin van Persie is currently doing it for Manchester United and Manchester City have three players capable of winning a game.
Demba Ba might not be good enough to grab a match by the short and curly’s, but he will damned sure work for the team, run all day long and do his best to score. That alone is an improvement on the cumbersome Torres. All in all, a terrific signing.
He’s just arrived six months late.