They may share a name and frontline responsibilities, but not the goals or a close bond.
Ba told the Mail on Sunday: "You have ups and downs, that is football. But I am happy at Newcastle and I am with a group of players who are very nice and it is good.
"There is a good core of people. Our captain is very good as a man and player and we have the Newcastle legend Shola Ameobi. He is our big brother."