Ba admits to finding Chelsea back-up role “difficult”

Chelsea striker Demba Ba has admitted he has struggled to accept being a back-up player under Jose Mourinho, Sky Sports has reported, but has vowed to do his best whenever he is called on by the manager.

Ba started Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Norwich City on Sunday, laying on the opening goal for Oscar, but it was only his fourth appearance of a possible 11 so far this season. The January signing from Newcastle was nearly on the move again late in the summer transfer window as Arsenal were keen on a loan deal, only for the transfer to collapse – to Ba’s acknowledged disappointment.

With the Gunners switch off the table Ba has resolved himself to impressing Mourinho – and hopes his display in the victory at Carrow Road has gone towards that end. “It’s difficult to be left on the sidelines but, as I’m a professional, and a good one, I always work hard and wait for moments like this,” he told the official Chelsea website.

It’s all about giving 100 per cent and showing that you should be picked for the next game. I showed that and gave my best and when I came off I was happy with my performance.

Ba played 73 minutes of the match before Samuel Eto’o was introduced in his place, and feels that despite being a little unprepared, he can he pleased with his showing. “It was only a couple of hours before the game that I knew I was playing but I gave everything and I was happy with how it went.

I always work hard to be ready when the team needs me, that’s why we’re here, especially the offensive players. I’m happy I made the assist for Oscar and I’m happy with the win. It was a tough game, they gave us a really good match and we’re really happy because we responded.

Ba’s first experience of English football came with West Ham, moving to Upton Park in January 2011. He was unable to help the Hammers remain in the Premier League – despite scoring seven goals in 13 games – and left for Newcastle that summer, netting 29 times in 58 appearances prior to his Stamford Bridge relocation. Thus far he has six goals in 26 games for the Blues.

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