Jose Mourinho should have called on Demba Ba more this season

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Does Chelsea’s fate lay in the hands of their forgotten man?

Date: 16th April 2014 at 6:40pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Senegal international Demba Ba has spent much of his Chelsea career squandering on the bench with his tail firmly tucked between his legs. But the beautiful thing about football is that every dog has his day, and after netting winning strikes in his last two Chelsea appearances, could hound-dog retribution be just around the corner for Chelsea's forgotten man? Ba's struggle at Stamford Bridge can be sourced to the fact no Chelsea manager would willingly claim direct ownership over him. He wasn't a Rafa Benitez signing; the Spaniard's position in West London was far too temporary for him to make permanent acquisitions of his own choosing. Likewise, Mourinho inherited Ba. Despite the African striker's 6 foot 2 build and proven potency in the Premier League, the Portuguese saw fit to call on the services of old ally Samuel Eto'o last summer, resulting in the former Magpies and West Ham forward making just four league starts this season. Rather, Ba's Stamford Bridge arrival is a by-product of the modern transfer model. Sourced to fill a purpose, as Daniel Sturridge made way for Anfield, in no small part due to his miserly £7million release clause, the Senegal star has slipped between the tectonic plates of the Chelsea squad, belonging to neither Mourinho nor ... Read More


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