Chelsea’s Demba Ba: I’ve not found Newcastle & West Ham form – yet

Chelsea striker Demba Ba admits he is yet to recreate West Ham and Newcastle form at Stamford Bridge

Demba Ba
Chelsea striker Dema Ba Photo: The Sport Review

Demba Ba admits he is yet to recreate his West Ham United and Newcastle United form at Stamford Bridge – but he insists he is working hard to put things right.

The Senegalese joined the west Londoners in January with the club low on options up front, and with players often struggling to settle when moving midway through the season, it was unsurprising Ba failed to match his expectations.

A stunning winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup is perhaps the highlight of Ba’s Chelsea career so far, which has suffered somewhat because of a squad rotation policy used at the club.

When asked if he felt he had performed in a Chelsea shirt, Ba said: “I would lie if I said yes, and I would lie if I said no as well.

“I know I haven’t played as good as when I was at Newcastle and West Ham. I needed time to settle, too. I still believe the reward is behind the work.”

Ba’s scoring rate at his previous two English clubs was nothing short of prolific; for the Hammers, he netted seven times in 10 starts before relocating to St James’ Park, where he helped the Magpies finish fifth, two seasons ago. There he hit 29 goals in 51 starting appearances.

But Ba says he knows what he has to do to reverse his fortunes and the Blues forward will not be looking at anyone but himself to seek out why he has not reached his best level.

He added: “I will not be looking at the (reasons) other myself. If I had performed I would have played every game. If I didn’t play every game its because I hadn’t performed.

“Every game you need to prove yourself to the boss, to ourselves, to the club and to the fans.”

Meanwhile, the front-man revealed Chelsea are well aware of the threat posed by Wednesday’s Champions League opponents, Basel.

“We know a bit from what we saw from last season when we played them and we are doing everything to prepare and to win the game,” added Ba.

“They have some good forward players, and they have a good squad that has played together for a long time and they are used to playing together.”

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