Demba Ba, at this current moment, is probably thinking what I was thinking in January when his transfer to Chelsea was finalised: "I shouldn't have come here." 

In light of recent speculation linking the Senegalese striker with a winter exit to Turkey, this situation is all-too familiar. Chelsea sign form players, don't give them a big enough chance to impress, and subsequently end up shipping them out elsewhere - more often than not, for less than they bought them for.

So when the west London club came calling ten months ago, with interim manager Rafa Benitez at the helm, Ba should've thought twice before heading south - now, his career's followed him in that direction. 

He's made only 16 appearances since joining from Newcastle, scoring just the two goals. For the Toon fans that loved Ba like one of their own, it's a frustrating scenario that outlines the power of financial clout, high wages and the opportunity to collect medals in a team full of world-class talent. 

What Ba was forgetting when he signed on the dotted line at Stamford Bridge was the complete change of dynamics he was about to experience. Going from Newcastle's top boy to arguably one of Chelsea's least gifted players is something he failed to consider - and has ultimately paid the price by wasting a year of a career with a time limit on it.

He scored 16 goals for the black and white army in his first season, including a memorable hat-trick on Halloween night against Stoke, and despite a dip in goalscoring form in the second-half of the season which saw him net only once on his return from African Nations Cup duty - thanks in part to Alan Pardew's decision to play Papiss Cisse through the middle - the striker soon picked up where he left off when the 2012/13 season kicked off. 

His curling volley against Spurs on the opening day was a timely reminder to the Geordie faithful that he knew where the goal was, and he followed that up with Newcastle's 1000th goal of the Premier League era when he notched a double on Merseyside against The Toffees. 

He was linked with a move away during the summer, but it was after the game at Goodison Park when the vultures began to circle high above St James' Park. 

Two further goals at Reading's Madejski Stadium - including a sensational volley and an equally as good handball - merely confirmed to Newcastle fans that Ba would not be one of them for long. 

The confusion surrounding his release clause (Is there? Isn't there?) initially stalled any kind of transfer taking place. But once it was confirmed - probably by Mike Ashley behind closed doors - that £7million was all that was required to prise him away from Tyneside, it was only a matter of time before someone came calling.

And they did. His name was Roman Abramovich. On January 2 before the Magpies took on Everton at home, Pardew announced Ba's transfer to Chelsea was "done" and that he went there with "their blessing."

With everything finalised, he took to his Twitter account to announce: "We made it."

Now, here in lies the rub. Do professional footballers not 'make it' as soon as they make their competitive debut? Or is it only once they've scaled the highest mountain that they can proclaim their satisfaction at forging a footballing career? 

For anyone who saw Ba play in a Newcastle shirt, the mismatch was all too obvious. His finishing was undeniably his best attribute, coupled with his hold up play, but his touch and all-round play was far inferior to that of his new teammates. His decision to often shoot from 30 yards on several occasions in every game may have been ever-so-slightly acceptable at the Toon, but Chelsea's supporters - and players - would prove less forgiving. 

Throw into the fray that the guy who signed him - who remains anonymous so we'll assume Benitez - was off at the end of the season, and it doesn't take someone like Jose Mourinho to tell you this was far from a match made in heaven. 

The inevitable has happened. Ba couldn't buy an appearance, let alone a goal, and less than a year after joining the Blues, he's heading for the exit door - Turkey bound, supposedly, with Besiktas the front runners. 

He was never going to displace Fernando Torres because he simply doesn't possess the quality the Spaniard does. The same can be said of Samuel Eto'o.

WIth Loic Remy now replacing Ba as Newcastle's main man, there's talk of the Frenchman doing something similar by heading to the bright lights of the capital to one of England's top sides - sorry Hoops fans, that's not Queens Park Rangers. But to follow Demba's unpleasant example, he'd have to be Ba-rking mad. 

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