Such has been his form since joining from Newcastle in January, it would seem harsh to see Senegalese striker Demba Ba make way as Jose Mourinho rebuilds at Stamford bridge.
But with the £18million purchase of Andre Schurrle and an interest in a plethora of other top names, it seems that the savvy striker could be forced to leave on a loan move at least, in order to guarantee first team football.
If such a move were to come to fruition it could be a move within the confines of London that takes place, with Ba’s ex-club West Ham United set to be interested in signing the savvy forward.
It was to West Ham that Ba went in 2011 when he left German side 1899 Hoffenheim. Ba signed a three year contract in January but his stay at Upton Park would be short lived when the club’s relegation triggered a release clause that led to his move to Newcastle United. The mid season transfer window saw his high calibre performances rewarded with a move to Chelsea.
But despite impressing, it looks more and more likely that Mourinho is building without the player in mind. Schurrle aside, Chelsea have already been lined with players of the quality of Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic and Zenit St. Petersburg’s Brazilian forward, Hulk.
On top of that, Romelu Lukaku, who has been so impressive during his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion, has also returned to the club.
West Ham could do little about Ba’s initial contractual release but would be eager to team up again with the striker; Sam Allardyce would understandably be keen to see Ba link up with Andy Carroll in what could potentially prove to be a potent attack force.
However Ba’s agent, Alex Gontran, has recently shown no signs that his client sees his future anywhere other than Stamford Bridge, saying, “Demba is very happy with Chelsea and he would like to win titles there. Demba is looking forward to starting the new season and he’s happy and flattered to work with a coach like Mourinho.”
Ba’s future – at or away from Stamford Bridge – is by no means certain just yet. And if Mourinho is not successful in getting the players he wants he will have a very able player in Ba to fall back in. But if Ba is forced out, at least on a loan move, Sam Allardyce and West Ham will be quite content to avail of his skilled services.