Since Jose Mourinho‘s returned to Chelsea, Demba Ba has been finding himself more on the bench than on the pitch. The Senegalese striker has rarely been involved this season and doesn’t seem to be in Mourinho’s plans. A departure in the January transfer window seems very likely for the former Newcastle United striker.
It had all started rather well for Ba when he joined Chelsea from Newcastle last January. The Senegalese striker’s debut was ideal as he scored twice for his first game for Chelsea in a 5-1 win against Southampton .His crucial goal against Manchester United in Chelsea’s 1-0 win in the FA Cup quarterfinal replay last season helped Chelsea advance to the semifinal.
After Chelsea failed to attract a world-class striker this summer, many thought Ba would play an important role for Chelsea, but the Senegalese striker has hardly been given a chance to show himself.
This season, Ba has featured only six times in all competitions, starting only twice. His only goal of the season came on Wednesday against Schalke in the Champion’s League. At the moment, Ba is third in the pecking order behind Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o even though the Spaniard and the Cameroonian have been far from convincing thus far.
The Senegalese striker has already been left out of Chelsea’s squad on nine occasions this season. Ba has also lost his place with his national team, missing out on Senegal’s two crucial World Cup qualifiers against Ivory Coast.
In addition of the competition, Chelsea’s formation makes it very difficult for Ba to regain his place in the starting XI. In Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1, there is room for only one striker, which means that third-choice striker will not get a lot of chances to prove his worth as there are three players for only one spot. With wingers Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle also able to play a ”false nine” role, Ba has not just two, but four strikers to compete against.
Demba Ba is having a difficult season at Chelsea. Jose Mourinho doesn’t seem to count on him, and it is very unlikely that Ba will convince ”The Special One” before the January transfer window. Outside of a spectacular turn around, Ba’s days at Chelsea are numbered.