After speaking to many fans since it became clear that both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse would be back in England on the 31st of January at the latest, there were a lot of different opinions as to what their involvement should be at Ewood Park.
Some are of the opinion that neither should be involved at all, whilst others are of the thinking that Demba Ba should be involved and Cisse should not be, with him being new to both the club and also to the Premier League as well. There are also quite a few with the thoughts that both should be on the bench and used if the circumstances are such that we need their presence on the field at a certain time of the game.
My own thoughts are completely different to all the above, for me, if both report back in time to travel to Blackburn with the rest of the squad and both declared fit, then I would start with both of them; and I will now explain why.
- Since Demba Ba departed for Africa we have not really ever looked a threat going forward, in the QPR game we got the three points with our only effort on target in the game, against Fulham we went in at half-time only one goal up despite near total domination, and on Saturday at Brighton the few chances that were created ended in weak efforts at goal.
- The quicker Papiss Cisse plays in the Premier League the quicker he will adapt to the game in England.
- The more that both Ba and Cisse play together the better their understanding will become.
- Both players should be sharp after playing and training in the tournament environment for the last couple of weeks.
Now I stress these are my own thoughts and many won’t agree with them, but I think they make a valid point as to why I would throw them both in at the deep end at Blackburn, and I would like to know how many other fans would be tempted to do the same?
Obviously it is affected somewhat by Alan Pardew’s admission that they won’t be back until Thursday so they will therefore miss out tonight, but in lieu of the way the league is at the moment and knowing that a win at Blackburn this evening would take us up to 5th in the Premier League table, I’d have personally pulled out all the stops to get them both back on Tyneside as soon as Senegal’s participation at the ACoN was over and ready to start tonight.
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