Newcastle striker Ba: Team success more important than my goals

Newcastle United striker Demba Ba says his goals count for little unless his team is succeeding. His 16 goals have helped turn Newcastle from also-rans to top-six contenders.

Newcastle United striker Demba Ba says his goals count for little unless his team is succeeding.

His 16 goals have helped turn Newcastle from also-rans to top-six contenders.

Ba told the Mirror: “I am a striker, goals are important, but scoring is not a drug for me. Being up there with Van Persie, Rooney and Sergio Aguero makes me feel good, ­especially when I play for Newcastle and they play for Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City.

“But the most important thing is to see Newcastle near the top, not my name. The goals aren’t down to me, they are made by the team, the whole club.

“Playing well, enjoying, being happy is worth the same as scoring goals. If I don’t score, but I have an impact on the game, then I’m happy.”

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