After making just 14 appearances in all competitions, Demba Ba was expected to leave Chelsea as early as in this transfer window. Arsenal and West Ham have been rumoured to be interested in his services, but Jose Mourinho has ruled out selling the Senegalese striker this January.
Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Manchester United gave the blues a lot of reasons to smile, but Fernando Torres’ injury was a sore point. The Spaniard, who came to replace hat-trick hero Samuel Eto’o, suffered damages to his lateral ligaments Mourinho. According to Sky Sports, he said:
“Now we lose Fernando for a few weeks with something in his lateral ligament [in his knee] and that is why we have Demba in the squad.
“We decided not to open the door to him [to leave] because he is a good player and we need him. The next few weeks is Demba and Samuel and I hope they do well for us.
“It’s time for Demba. It’s a pity because Nando (Torres) is in a good moment, but it’s time for Demba.
“Next matches is for Demba or Samuel. Let’s go.”
Ba came close to leaving in the summer when Arsenal were ready to take him on a season long loan.
He may have scored only three goals this season, but it should be remembered that he has started only three matches. He is undoubtedly one of best we have got at holding the ball up.
After all the talk about Chelsea strikers not scoring enough goals, Torres and Eto’o have scored eight goals in 2014. Now, it is time for Ba to join in the act.