DEMBA Ba and Leon Best are the Premier League’s deadliest strikers – and they’ve been backed to continue earning their Spurs at St James’s Park.
Between them, Ba and Best have converted 35 per cent of their Premier League chances this season.
And that goals-to-chances ratio puts them ahead of the division’s bigger names.
Ba (pictured) – who joined on a free transfer from West Ham United in the summer – has scored four goals for Alan Pardew’s high-flying side, while his strike partner Best has netted three times.
Next up are Tottenham Hotspur at home a week tomorrow in what will arguably be the Magpies’ toughest game yet this term.
Newcastle claimed three points from a hard-fought contest against Wolverhampton Wanderers on their tight Molienux pitch last weekend, with Ba scoring in a 2-1 victory.
And Pardew – whose side are fourth in the league after an unbeaten start to the campaign – looking forward to being back at St James’s Park, where he feels his creative players, among them Yohan Cabaye and Gabriel Obertan, will be at their best this season.
“You have to say with the service they had, Demba and Bestie were very, very good again (against Wolves),” Pardew said.
“At home, and on a bigger pitch against a team that don’t close down like Wolves – and Tottenham don’t – we’ll hopefully cause some problems.
“Hopefully, we’ll put in a good performance for our fans, with St James’s Park full and buzzing.”
Ba and Best’s goals-to-chances ratio – they’ve scored from seven of their 20 opportunities – is well above the league’s average of 12.3 per cent, according to Opta’s latest statistics.
And since the start of last season, they have scored 20 top-fight goals between them, converting one in four chances.
Pardew, meanwhile, has the dilemma of whether to change a winning team, with Hatem Ben Arfa and Davide Santon pushing for starts.
Ben Arfa, an unused substitute at Molineux, has been allowed to travel to Tunisia on compassionate leave after a family member fell ill, while fit-again Santon is away with Italy’s Under-21 side.
Harry Redknapp’s sixth-placed Spurs side are three points behind United with a game in hand, with their opening fixture having been postponed because of the Tottenham riots.