Demba Ba has not lived up to expectations since transferring to Chelsea this past January from Newcastle United.
The 28-year-old's trip to greener English Premier League pastures has yielded just two appearances in the 2013-14 season, his first full campaign at Stamford Bridge.
Ba's outlook needed a spark for him to have any hope of staying with the league trophy contenders.
However, even with his first goal for the Blues this season in a 3-0 victory over FC Schalke 04 in Wednesday's Champions League fixture, his days with Chelsea appear to be numbered soon.
11 - Demba Ba has scored his first goal in 11 appearances for Chelsea. Tick.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 6, 2013
After being a rather prized commodity during the previous January transfer window, it is becoming likely that Ba will find himself moving on to a third club in as many seasons.
Ba has been the subject of transfer rumours. Ben Jefferson of the Express reported recently that Ba is generating interest from West Ham United, the EPL-leading rival Arsenal and the Spanish club Valencia from La Liga.
Arsenal has expressed interest in Ba before, and the player himself even admitted he was ready to join the Gunners during the last transfer window. Instead of dwelling on that and sporting a negative attitude with Chelsea, though, Ba has been a class act.
GOAL DEMBA BA!!! Very happy for him, despite not playing much this season he has never complained and has been a team player. Deserves it.— Matthew Alrick Brown (@alrickbrown) November 6, 2013
Beyond his lack of production and time on the pitch, though, what's also hurting Ba's stock in a prospective transfer is that he was not selected to be part of Senegal's World Cup team in the return leg of the play-off:
Chelsea striker Demba Ba has been left out of Senegal's squad to face Ivory Coast this month: http://t.co/cMnLp7UEH0— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) November 6, 2013
The Lions of Teranga continue to take on Ivory Coast without one of their nation's most talented scorers.
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Nevertheless, the interest for Ba seems high enough, and Jefferson adds that the Blues are in pursuit of Polish striker Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund.
A £7 million offer is thought to be enough to get Ba out of Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis rather than on loan, per Jefferson.
It seems that both Chelsea and Ba both have one figurative foot out the door with regard to their mutual commitment in the deal they struck just under a year ago. A fresh start is what Ba and the Blues both need to bring catharsis to this situation and for Ba to capitalize on his immense talent yet again.
In the meantime, it seems Ba has gained confidence back in notching his first goal of the season and first for Chelsea in the Champions League.
While Ba's future is determined by front office folk and is beyond his control, he can continue to support his teammates and make the most of his opportunities on the pitch by flashing the talent that landed him with the Blues in the first place.