Questions have popped up about the future of Chelsea striker Demba Ba as the club added depth to the strikeforce. Although Ba will be forced to earn playing time moving forward, staying with the Blues remains his best option.
Smartly, the Senegal international was assertive in his desire to remain at Stamford Bridge. He's looking forward to the competition after a lackluster finish to last season, according to ESPN:
"I will stay," Ba said. "I think we need competition and we welcome the best players in this club. More competition is going to make me better anyway."
He said "all players want to play" but added: "We will all work in the same direction, for the club, to try and win the games."
Chelsea have been overly reliant on the wildly inconsistent Fernando Torres in recent seasons. So adding some depth to the attack was necessary as the club attempts to challenge Manchester United and Manchester City for the Premier League title.
Ba was part of that process, arriving at the club in January from Newcastle United. The Blues have also added Andre Schurrle while welcoming Romelu Lukaku back after a very successful loan stint with West Bromwich Albion.
They may not be done, either. Dominic Fifield of The Guardian reports the club is still very much involved in the Wayne Rooney saga. An improved bid could be on the way as Chelsea attempts to pry him away from Manchester United:
An initial offer worth about £20m was rejected last week and United continue to maintain that the player is not for sale. Yet there is quiet confidence at Stamford Bridge that the champions' stance could shift before the transfer window closes, with the player considering handing in a formal transfer request and United actively seeking to secure Cesc Fábregas from Barcelona.
Should they land Rooney, he would step to the forefront of the attack, and the fight for playing time would become even more intense as Jose Mourinho builds his lineup.
Yet, for a club like Chelsea, which is scheduled to have another very busy campaign, depth is important. Between the various competitions, including the Champions League, and injuries that are bound to pop up, playing time tends to sort itself out over the course of the season.
Ba probably wasn't expecting the club to have so many other offensive weapons when he joined in January, but he shouldn't try to run away from it. He should embrace it—which he sounds ready to do based on his comments—and use it as motivation.
If he takes advantage of his chances, Mourinho will have no choice but to give him more opportunities in the important matches as the season goes on.
Just as crucial, Chelsea are built for success. They are legitimate Premier League contenders even if Rooney doesn't make the move to Stamford Bridge and should make deep runs in both the domestic cups and the Champions League.
Walking away from those title chances simply for a clearer path to playing time would be a mistake. Ba has shown flashes of brilliance in recent seasons. He should rely on his ability to stand out, stay with Chelsea and force his way into the lineup on a regular basis.
Based on his remarks, that sounds like what he's planning to do. It's the right move.
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