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Alan Pardew expecting Demba Ba to get goals

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Alan Pardew expecting Demba Ba to get goals

Post  1892NUFF on Sat Jul 02, 2011 12:01 am

MEHDI Abeid will become the latest addition to Newcastle United’s French connection when he joins from Lens this morning.

The 18-year-old attacking midfielder is the Magpies’ fourth signing this summer, and all speak French.

But it is Senegalese striker Demba Ba who will perhaps carry the greatest expectations after manager Alan Pardew backed him to fill the gaping void in Newcastle’s squad with “15 to 25” goals next season.

France Under-17 and Under-18 international Abeid claims speaking to Cheick Tioté and Hatem Ben Arfa – who moved to St James’ Park last August – influenced his decision after “stagnating” at Lens, where he spent eight years.

The transfer was agreed before the end of the French season, but Newcastle have waited until today to make it official.

His Rennes contract now officially expired, compatriot Sylvain Marveaux also formally joins on a five-year contract.

Ba has not been given the hallowed No 9 shirt at St James’ Park, and Pardew is still hoping to sign another striker before the transfer window closes.

But for now Ba he will carry the burden of bringing more goals to Newcastle.

Twelve was the most any Magpies player managed last season, and the man responsible, Kevin Nolan, has since joined West Ham United. Andy Carroll, the only other to reach double figures, controversially joined Liverpool in January in a £35m deal.

So it was significant that in highlighting the qualities of his new recruits, it was Ba’s goal threat Pardew pointed to.


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