Search

Benitez aware of Ba’s knee situation before completing transfer

15:51 04 January 2013

Newcastle United's Demba Ba. Photo: Steve Drew/EMPICS Sport

Newcastle United's Demba Ba. Photo: Steve Drew/EMPICS Sport

EMPICS Sport

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez insists the Blues knew the situation with Demba Ba’s knee before signing him.

The Senegalese striker, who arrived on Friday from Newcastle, has failed two medicals at Stuttgart and Stoke due to a chronic degenerative knee condition but still went on to score 29 league goals in his Magpies’ career.

Benitez can select the 27-year-old for Chelsea’s FA Cup tie on Saturday against Southampton and for the Capital One Cup semi-final versus Swansea next week.

“I think he is a good player and he has proved in the Premier League that he can score goals,” said Benitez.

“We are looking for a player that we can play right now because we have a game every three days and we could not wait any longer.”

“We knew what the situation was (with Ba’s knee) and he has played many games in the Premier League and now, importantly, he can play for us.”

Chelsea’s only other main striking option is Fernando Torres, who has played 20 games – one more than Ba, and Rafa believes that his new charge offers his team variety of options.

“We have to be sure that we have enough options in attack,” added the former Liverpool manager. “We now have a player that can play either with Torres, just behind Torres or on his own up front.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

A visibly delighted Arsene Wenger praised hattrick hero Alexis Sanchez or his ‘killer instinct’ after his treble routed West Ham United 5-1 at their new home the London Stadium.

Arsenal sent a message to the rest of the Premier League after an impressive display of power and glory at the West Ham United’s London Stadium this evening by winning 5-1.

Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen both scored twice while Heung-Min Son was also on target as Tottenham strolled to a 5-0 home win against Swansea at White Hart Lane. Here are five talking points.

Fri, 22:30

Mauricio Pochettino says he has used a much-needed week off to focus on “the bigger picture” with his players and to stress the importance of being mentally ready to play at full intensity every three days.

Fri, 12:00

Mauricio Pochettino says it has been difficult for Moussa Sissoko to get into a rhythm at Tottenham and show his best form after three months of interruptions.

Fri, 09:15

Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham were a little hasty in selling Gylfi Sigurdsson to Swansea, conceding that the Iceland international would have been a “perfect player” for his squad.

Thu, 22:30

Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane’s latest contract extension shows the striker is motivated by a love of Tottenham rather than money.

Thu, 14:15

Mauricio Pochettino admits he is concerned about Erik Lamela’s hip injury, which is not improving as quickly as expected, while centre-back Toby Alderweireld is still not certain to return against Swansea on Saturday.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now