Many pundits believe that Chelsea have a golden opportunity to ascend to the top of the EPL this season. Despite that, the Blues shouldn't think twice about shipping striker Demba Ba to West Ham United provided the offer is fair.
According to Darren Lewis of Mirror, West Ham are hoping to bring Ba back after shipping him to Newcastle United in 2011. The Hammers must first get rid of a player or two before they can make a run at Ba, but Chelsea should be receptive to such a move.
Lewis initially reported that West Ham had interest in Ba back in June, but their efforts to bring him back have failed thus far. All signs point to West Ham continuing their pursuit of Ba, and Chelsea should be more than happy to take the money by allowing Ba to leave.
After scoring 29 goals in two seasons at Newcastle, Chelsea believed they had a potential star on their hands when they brought in Ba. The Senegal national never seemed to get his feet under him at Stamford Bridge as he scored just six goals last season, and struggled to match the playing time of Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku, who was on loan to West Brom last season.
That doesn't figure to change this season as Torres netted 22 goals last year and Lukaku promises to be a major contributor as well. There isn't much point in allowing Ba to ride the pine, especially if West Ham is willing to come forward with a significant offer.
The Blues haven't secured the big fish they have been looking for during the transfer window quite yet, but moving Ba would perhaps give them the money and motivation necessary to do so.
Chelsea have tried desperately to acquire Wayne Rooney from Manchester United, according to David McDonnell of the Mirror. While the Red Devils haven't budged, the Blues may get renewed resolve in pursuit of Rooney if they get rid of Ba.
Not only would such a move be good for Chelsea, but it would also be highly beneficial to Ba.
While there is a certain amount of prestige involved with playing for the Blues, Ba would obviously prefer to be out on the pitch. Ba would have that opportunity with West Ham as he and Andy Carroll could potentially form a dangerous duo up top.
Ba has proven capable of producing for mid-to-low-level EPL teams in the past, so he is better off with a team like West Ham or Newcastle. Although it's possible that Ba could be a more consistent contributor with Chelsea if given more playing time, the Blues can't afford to wait around for Ba to get comfortable at Stamford Bridge.
They are going to be very much in the thick of the EPL title race, and they are in no position to wait.
Chelsea have to go with a guy like Torres who has performed in the past, even though he is admittedly streaky. Ba may very well become a star at West Ham if the Blues let him walk, but that isn't something they should concern themselves with.
Winning the EPL title is the most important thing for Chelsea right now, and selling Ba will help them in that regard as they would then be able to focus on the likes of Torres and Lukaku rather than trying to keep everyone happy.
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