He scored 16 times for the Geordies last term, but only one of them came after his return from the African tournament in early February.
Ahead of Thursday's Europa League group- game at home to French side Bordeaux, Ba has revealed: â€śThe Africa Cup of Nations weighed Âenormously on my mind. I found it very hard to digest.
â€śI needed two months after the tournament to recover from it.
â€śBut I love football. You canâ€™t achieve things in the game if you donâ€™t enjoy it and I got back my love for the game by playing in the Premier League.
â€śWhen you add hard work to that feeling, the goals will come for you.â€ť