LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Demba Ba has told Fernando Torres that he’s wasted his chances of being the club’s first choice striker and will soon make the bench his permanent starting place.new signing
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Ba made a dream debut for Chelsea when he fired in a brace in the Blues’ 5-1 win over Southampton in the English FA Cup third round game over the weekend and has set his sights on adding to the 13 EPL goals he has scored this season as well.
Ba also revealed how former Blues forward Didier Drogba inspired him to be a world-class front man, but added that his success is base on his own qualities.
“Every time I arrive at a club, it’s always as the second attacker. But every time, through hard work, I impose myself,” Ba was quoted as telling French newspaper LeParisien.
“We’re two different players, but I appreciate Didier enormously. It’s difficult to compare oneself to him in view of how much he achieved at Chelsea.
“He has greatly inspired me throughout my career but I know my own qualities.”
Ba made a reported £7.5million move from Newcastle United last week, after Chelsea triggered the transfer release clause in his contract.
Torres transfer fee was £50million and at the time of his move from Liverpool, many had believed he would have been the future striker for the club.
However, his struggles and lack of confidence in front of goals against the bigger teams, forced Chelsea to look elsewhere for another forward.
Torres had said he had no problems with another striker’s arrival, but did requested something.
It is believed that the Spanish international had asked that a none superstar striker be bought in the January transfer window, but Chelsea clearly wasn’t going to miss out on a proven goalscorer in the English Premier League.
Another EPL side, Arsenal was also in the race to sign Ba, but Arsene Wenger’s slow approach saw Rafa Benitez beating him to the signature.