A few weeks ago you might have been forgiven for thinking there would be no danger coming from West Ham this weekend, as their gallery of misfiring strikers were keeping them firmly at the bottom of the table.

Sadly that’s all changed, and one of the lower profile transfers in the January window could turn out to be the signing of the season if he manages to keep the Hammers up.

Demba Ba arrived from German side Hoffenheim after first failing a medical at Stoke. While Tony Pulis called him a ‘ticking time-bomb’ West Ham stepped in and took a chance. Ba has been repaying that faith ever since.

While at Hoffenheim, Ba missed long periods of football with a knee injury and prior to the aborted transfer to Stoke, he also failed a medical at Stuttgart.

A Senegalese international, he averaged around a goal every three games prior to joining West Ham but since his move, he has found the net four times in his first four starts.

Tall and rangy, he will be a threat if his knee has held out and he makes the starting XI on Saturday. Whoever plays in our defence, will need to watch Demba Ba very closely.

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