Ba not daunted by expectations

The Senegal international has taken up the mantle of scoring goals

at St James’ Park, and although he is not currently wearing the

famous number nine shirt, Tyneside frontmen all operate in the

shadow of the likes of Jackie Milburn, Malcolm Macdonald and Alan

Shearer. However, Ba, who has four goals to date for the club since

his summer move from West Ham, told the Evening Chronicle: “I knew

about the history here and the names of the past. “It does not

daunt me. I am a striker, so I want to score goals anyway. “I’m the

type of striker who likes to play and help out in other areas on

the field. “It is about all-round performances, not just goals, and

I want to contribute more in that way.”