Demba Ba – Time to step up
Ever since the departure of Didier Drogba, Chelsea have been facing what is called the ‘striker crisis’. The recent injury to the coming-in-form Fernando Torres only adds more salt to the wound. But the injury could’ve not come in a much better time for Chelsea and Torres as he will be served by a one match ban this week against Norwich, followed by international break, which effectively rules him out for only one match against Cardiff at home.
Meanwhile Eto’o has fell short of expectation and will be trying to make best of his chance in the coming two weeks to impress. However the injury of Torres can also serve as a boon for the out–of–form Senegalese striker to catch the eye of Jose Mourinho.
Demba Ba has only started once so far in the premier league against Aston Villa playing for just 64 minutes and managing a few cameo performances in the League Cup against Swindon Town and in the Champions League defeat to FC Basel. Rest of the matches played so far this season has seen Demba Ba not even making it to the bench. With Torres now out for 3 weeks, Ba is likely to get a chance in the team.
The forward has to make the most of the chance he gets in these 2 gameweeks if he is to resurrect his Chelsea career. Mata can be taken as a good example and inspiration for Ba as the former found himself in the same situation as Ba is now, during the start of the season. Mata urged himself to work hard and to adapt to Mourinho’s game instead of whining about the fact that he was left on the bench and also sometimes not in the 18 men squad as it has happened a couple of times this season.
The hard work Mata put in the training ground can be clearly visible on the field and has paid off. Ba needs the same hunger to fight for his place at a club like Chelsea given its immense squad depth of talented and young ‘eggs’ as Mourinho likes to call them.
Ba started against Norwich at Carrow road last Sunday and was very impressive in the first half, with his excellent ball control and swift runs attacking the ball. Though he should have scored in the first half, he set up Oscar for Chelsea’s first goal and played in key passes every now and then.
Ba who is now 28, it is rather unlikely that he would get another club of the stature of Chelsea if he considers leaving. After putting on a solid performance for Chelsea at Carrow Road he increases his chance to earn a probable start against Cardiff City in their next gameweek after the international break. Mourinho was quoted as saying in his post-match at Norwich that Ba did what he was expecting the striker to do.