Demba Ba’s goal against Manchester United in the Champions League for Istanbul Basaksehir has the former Newcastle United striker back in the news.
Even at 35, the Senegalese marksman is scoring goals on the grandest stage and represents one of the last true Toon centre-forwards in the Premier League. Though slightly usurped by Papiss Cisse’s ridiculous run of form when he joined in 2012, Ba scored 29 goals in 58 appearances while clad in black and white.
More of a sustained goal threat than Cisse (who tailed off during his time on Tyneside) it’s not hard to argue Ba was perhaps matched only by Loic Remy in terms of genuine reliability in front of goal.
Summer signing Callum Wilson has hit the six goal mark quicker than any other Toon striker since Les Ferdinand, beating the likes of Alan Shearer, Michael Owen, Andy Cole and Ba himself.
Granted, three of those have been penalties but Wilson won one of those himself by drawing a foul from Everton’s Andre Gomes and has reached this figure from just seven shots on target. That speaks to the efficiency he’s operating with, especially considering Steve Bruce’s side aren’t renowned for their ability to create chances.
Who would you rather have up front?
Should it continue, this could be the best £20m Newcastle United have ever spent.