The Senegal international has taken up the mantle of scoring goals at St James' Park, and although he is not currently wearing the famous number nine shirt, Tyneside frontmen all operate in the shadow of the likes of Jackie Milburn, Malcolm Macdonald and Alan Shearer. However, Ba, who has four goals to date for the club since his summer move from West Ham, told the Evening Chronicle: "I knew about the history here and the names of the past. "It does not daunt me. I am a striker, so I want to score goals anyway. "I'm the type of striker who likes to play and help out in other areas on the field. "It is about all-round performances, not just goals, and I want to contribute more in that way."