After a few days of speculations, the rumoured move of Ba to Chelsea has been completed and was made official by the club earlier today. He has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with the European Champions after having a great spell with Newcastle United. He played a major role for the Magpies last season,and was one of their best players. Thus, it goes without saying that it will be a huge loss for Alan Pardew and his team. Demba Ba with 13 goals in the Premier League this season is also a front-runner for the Golden Boot come end of the season.
He is eligible for selection for tomorrow’s FA Cup match against Southampton and also for Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi final against Swansea. However, he won’t be able to play part in Chelsea’s Europa League campaign as the Senegalese striker has already featured for Newcastle in the same competition this season.
Before joining Newcastle, he had a short stint with West Ham but moved as the Hammers were relegated. The 27-year old striker has scored 36 goals in 71 appearances in the Premier League stretching his career tally to 106 goals in 212 appearances. He is also the first Senegalese player to wear the Chelsea shirt. He’ll be taking the No. 29 jersey.
In his first interview with the Club’s website he said : ‘It feels good to be here, I’m very happy and very proud,’
‘It was important for me, and for Newcastle, to get my future sorted and now we can move on. Now they have the whole month to buy someone and for me as well, the sooner the better. Now I am here I just need to get settled in.
‘When the club who won the Champions League wants you, the decision is very easy. This club is massive and that’s something that helped the decision a lot. It was not a hard one.’
What do you guys think about Demba Ba? Does he have what it takes to be Chelsea’s first choice striker? Can he keep Torres on the bench?