He has undoubtedly been one of the signings of the season, if not the signing, and on a free transfer. He is Newcastle United's Senegalese hitman Demba Ba and up until now he has done no wrong for the Magpies, apart from disappearing this January to represent his country in the 2012 African Cup of Nations.

We cannot begrudge Ba for this reason but where would Alan Pardew's men be without the former Hoffenheim and West Ham marksman? In the current 2011/12 season Ba has already struck 15 goals out of Newcastle's team total of 29.

Ba has been the centrepiece of Newcastle's and Pardew's resurgent revolution on Tyneside. They currently lie at an impressive 7th in the table and owe a lot of this achievement to the summer signing of Ba.

But just who will replace the goals of Demba Ba this January? The second highest goalscorer is that of Irishman Leon Best with a tally of three.

A conceivably small tally but some faith and an increased set of consecutive games may suit the 25 year old striker formerly of Coventry where he was considered more prolific.

A recall of Best may be the more sensible option for the Toon Army, who may choose to sway away from exaggerated January window prices for a short-term fix.

Leon Best himself will indeed be looking to force his way into Giovanni Trapattoni's provisions for Euro 2012 this summer, and he needs to be playing regularly to make this vision reality.

Best's competition for a starting berth comes in the form of Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands, Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic.

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