Demba Ba


Name: Demba Ba
Squad number: 19
Nationality: French
Born: 25th May, 1985, Sevres, France
Height: 189cm (6ft 2.5ins)
Weight: 84.7kg
Previous clubs: Rouen, Mouscron, 1989 Hoffenheim, West Ham United
Signed: June 2011 from West Ham United
Newcastle United debut: 13th August, 2011 v Arsenal (home), Premier League
Position: Striker



A free transfer arrival from relegated West Ham United on 17th June 2011, Demba Ba became Newcastle manager Alan Pardew's second signing of the summer of 2011.


The striker was brought in to boost United's threat in front of goal, and made a real impact on Tyneside almost straight away.


Ba's Newcastle debut came against Arsneal on the opening day of the 2011/12 campaign, but took eight games to break his duck in the black and white stripes.


However, he managed that against Blackburn on 17th September, and did it in some style - netting a hat-trick as United ran out comfortable 3-1 winners on Tyneside.


And that was the begging of a real hot streak for the big front man, who bagged eight goals in just six appearances, including another treble at Stoke.


Ahead of his involvement at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, Ba signed off in style with an outstanding individual performance and a brilliant volleyed opener as the Magpies recorded a memorable 3-0 home victory over Manchester United.


On his return from the tournament only one further goal would follow - against Aston Villa - but Ba still finished the campaign as the Club's leading scorer with 16 goals.



Early Days

Ba's professional career began at Rouen, where he spent one very successful season, before joining Mouscron in 2006.


The striker was prolific during his one year at the Belgian outfit, but his spell was interrupted by fractures to his tibia and fibula. He moved clubs and countries again soon after, switching to Germany and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in August 2009, and Ba played a key role in their promotion to the Bundesliga and the seventh-placed top flight finish which followed.


A move to the Premier League came about in January 2011 when Ba signed for West Ham United, and although he netted seven goals in 12 games, he was unable to save the Hammers from relegation.



International Career

Ba made his debut for Senegal in June 2007 against Tanzania, marking his first cap with a goal. The striker was named in Senegal's squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, but his country made an early exit from the tournament having lost all three of their group games, finishing bottom of Group A.