Newcastle striker Ba happy he gambled on West Ham deal
One person who is priceless to Ba is sports therapist Pedro Philippou, who has managed a knee problem which Stoke boss Tony Pulis once described as a "ticking timebomb".
Ba revealed: "West Ham inserted a clause that they could terminate my contract if I did not play a certain number of matches that season.
"I said to myself, 'Take the gamble man, you've come from nowhere. If you go back to nowhere, it's no problem.'"