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The signing of Demba Ba for £7 million is a shrewd piece of business for Chelsea (via The Daily Mail). For many clubs, bringing the injury-prone striker in would have been a major risk.
Stoke City decided Ba's papier-mache knees weren't worth bringing in, before he joined Newcastle. Indeed, the reason Alan Pardew's side lost Ba for such a cheap price was due to a contract clause that suggested the Magpies were taking a punt on his fitness.
For the posse from Stamford Bridge, this minimal fee is nothing but petty cash. Ba is a short-term fix for Chelsea's lack of strikers and provides a goalscoring alternative to Fernando Torres. As we witnessed in the 5-1 win over Southampton, Ba's two debut goals are likely to be the first brace of many.
Daniel Sturridge's exit from Chelsea should also be seen as a victory for the club. While the 23-year-old is hugely talented, there was little point letting his promise waste away on the bench. Rafa Benitez didn't intend on using the Englishman, so shipping him off to Liverpool is an acceptable result from a disappointing spell in London.