DEMBA Ba has been backed to bring goals to Newcastle after signalling his intent in English football.
Ba scored seven goals in 12 appearances for West Ham United after joining in January from Hoffenheim in a £7m deal.
However, his goals alone weren’t enough to keep the Upton Park club in the Premier League, and Newcastle took advantage of a release clause in the 26-year-old’s contract to sign him on a free transfer.
And assistant manager John Carver believes the powerful and pacy forward – who has signed a three-year deal at St James’s Park – will be a real asset to Alan Pardew next season, and beyond.
Having scored in a struggling team in his first few months in England, Carver is relishing seeing him in stronger side.
“Towards the end of the season Demba went on a real scoring run,” Carver said.
“He was scoring goals for a struggling team. He got seven goals in 12 appearances. He’s another great addition to what we have at the club.
“To score goals for a team that was struggling for its life near the relegation zone is quite an achievement, and we’re sure he’ll do well for this club.”
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