It seems that Brendan Rodgers is starting to get a little desperate in his search for striker after the recent injury to Fabio Borini and hit and miss form of Luis Suarez.
The Liverpool manager needs to find a striker that can get the goals to propel them back towards the european places and judging by the recent rumours, Demba Ba is the number one target (link).
But is a move to Anfield a step in the right in the direction for Ba? for me it doesn’t look like a sound move for the Senegal striker and here’s 3 reasons why.
1. He’s already at Newcastle
Demba Ba is quickly becoming a fan favourite at St James’ Park and it’s hard to understand why the Newcastle hitman would want to leave the North East. The striker has been enjoying a rich vain of form this season and is with a side that narrowly missed out on Champions League football last season and will be pushing for the top four again.
So why would he want to join a side in transition? With an uncertain few seasons ahead. His situation at Newcastle has soured in recent weeks with contract negotiations breaking down over Ba’s high wage demands as he wants more than £50,000 a week, but surely Liverpool won’t pay him that much considering their recent budget constraints.
For me I just don’t see why Ba would want to leave Newcastle for what is ultimately a step down to Liverpool, in a few years time the
situation may have changed but at the moment Newcastle is the place where Ba needs to be and is suited more.
2. He would be lower down the pecking order
There is no doubt that Luis Suarez is and will be for a long time Liverpool;s number one striker, his work-rate and undoubted skill is central to how Rodgers’ side is set up so if Ba were to make the move to Merseyside, where would he fit in?
In Liverpool’s 4-3-3 set up, Ba would only be able to line up as the central striker so would that push Suarez into one of the wide positions or will the Senagalese simply have to settle for a place on the bench until he is needed. There’s no doubt Ba would improve Liverpool’s attacking options but whether he would fit in alongside Suarez remains to be seen.
To me it doesn’t look like a match made in heaven for Ba alongside Suarez and if he was to sign for the reds he could spend more time on the bench than on the field.
3. Is he the right player for Rodgers’ style?
Demba Ba is almost like an old fashioned centre forward, he’s strong, good in the air and has a ferocious shot. He’s the closest Newcastle have come to finding a Shearer-esque centre forward that can bully defenders and score some terrific goals. However, although Ba has been a very effective goal threat in Pardew’s Newcastle side that does not necessarily mean he will be as prolific under Brendan Rodgers.
His threat in the air will be very rarely exploited and i’m not sure his link up with the midfield and his control of the ball is up to the standard to cope with Rodgers’ possession based passing style.
Demba Ba will certainly add a serious goal threat to Liverpool’s attack but whether he will get the same service and recreate the same form as he has shown for Newcastle i very much doubt it.
It just doesn’t seem like a good fit for either club I’m not sure he would want to leave Newcastle for Liverpool and whether Pardew would let him leave the North East so easily. For now I think Liverpool will need to look elsewhere to solve their attacking problems, it’s definitely a case of watch this space at Anfield as there is bound to be at least one new arrival in January.