Ba puts Newcastle results before personal goals
Demba Ba insists he will be happy even if he is not finding the back of the net as long as Newcastle United are winning.
The 27-year-old Senegal international took his tally for the season to ten - taking him level at the top of the Premier League scoring chart with Manchester United's Robin van Persie, Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Swansea City's Michu - with a double in last night's 3-0 victory over Wigan Athletic.
However, while Ba's latest salvo took him to a personal milestone, it proved crucial to the Magpies as it paved the way for them to end a run of four successive league defeats, and that was as big a cause for celebration.
He told NUFC TV: "It's not too bad so far, ten goals in I don't know how many games. I will just keep on doing my work and if it comes, it comes; if it doesn't, it doesn't matter as long as we win."
Ba's third double of the campaign - he also scored twice in 2-2 draws at Everton and Reading - could hardly have been better timed, arriving as it did just hours after it emerged that talks over a new contract, which would remove the release-clause which has thrown his future on Tyneside into doubt, are yet to reach fruition.
While the Magpies are adamant talks are ongoing, Liverpool and Arsenal are among those to have been credited with an interest in the striker, although the final bill would be significantly higher than the £7.5m stipulated should any potential suitor make a move when additional fees and in particular wages are taken into account.
However, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is desperate to retain Ba's services and just as he was during the summer as speculation mounted that a bid could be forthcoming, he is hopeful that the former Hoffenheim hitman is happy at St James' Park and keen to stay.
In the meantime, the man himself is concentrating only on the task of helping to drag last season's surprise package away from the wrong end of the table after a difficult start to the campaign. Last night's win was just their second in ten attempts and while they remain in 14th place, they are now significantly closer to the top six than they were before kick-off.
Four successive defeats had left Pardew's side in the spotlight, but a much-improved display at Stoke City last Wednesday evening set the stage for a hugely important win.
Ba said: "All I know is what we proved on the pitch last night, what we did on Wednesday as well. We have shown people that we still have the spirit, and we still want to win and go forward.
"It was very good, it was very good to win after these last weeks. Now we just have to keep our heads down and keep working and keep doing what we did last night."