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Patience Pays Off for Demba Ba


Chelsea FC striker Demba Ba came on as a substitute late in the Barclay’s Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend and scored two goals in as many minutes for the Blues. Ba showed his hunger for goals by capitalizing on two mistakes by the Spurs defense, one being a slip in the box by Sandro as he tried to clear the ball, and the other by Kyle Walker who tried to head back to keeper Hugo Lloris from about 30 yards out. The striker has recently posted on his Twitter about patience being the key to success and he was finely rewarded with two goals.

Ba on the match and his goals:

“I have been patient and with patience comes the reward, so I just keep doing what I have to do, training hard and working hard and the reward is coming. Sometimes not playing it is hard because football is part of my life, it what I like doing and it is what I can do, and when you don’t get so much time playing you just keep working and wait, because the other option is just giving up and that is not me.”

Ba is precisely the kind of player you would want coming off your bench. He is a good teammate who works hard with little recognition but does not make a fuss about not playing. At 28 he still has several years left in the tank and it is likely that his days as a Blue are numbered but he has made a strong impression at Stamford Bridge with his character if not his goals. He has however scored some spectacular goals, the volley against United and the bicycle against City in the FA Cup last year come to mind, and can still help Chelsea this season. With the injury to Fernando Torres and a congested fixture list coming up, Ba will yet have a role to play down the stretch for the Blues.

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