Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Ba makes two

Twenty-two year old rookie El-Hadji Ba has joined us on a three year deal from the Black Cats. His first team record is relatively light having only managed to get on three times for Sunderland and having broken his leg on loan at Bastia. If he lacks experience , perhaps he makes up for that in pedigree. A six foot central midfielder of Senegalese origin who has been capped at U18, U19 and U20 for France he clearly had enough promise for the Makems to take him on.

He would appear to have something to prove if he can settle in our side and ordinarily he ticks a number of my transfer boxes. The rub here, of course, is I suspect he is not coming into our side to strengthen it but to replace either Joni Buyens who is off or Jordan Cousins who is strongly rumoured to be off. News of Aston Villa's interest in youth product Cousins may well have affected the way he spent his Summer holidays. He has obviously avoided the temptation to chillout and put on a few pounds as is customary. He returned to first day training and shattered the club's 1500m record by 15 seconds. Perhaps his agent told him he needed to get to Birmingham as quickly as possible?

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