Chelsea and Newcastle meet in the Carabao Cup this evening, with both teams just one win away from a place in the semi-finals.
Ahead of a fascinating meeting in West London, we’ve remembered five faces who have represented both clubs. Here are five of the best players to have played for Chelsea and Newcastle in the Premier League era.
The Cameroon international proved to be a real Swiss Army Knife of a footballer during a long Premier League career, one which took in stops at Chelsea and Newcastle.
Geremi won two UEFA Champions League titles during his time at Real Madrid, before an impressive loan spell at Middlesbrough saw Chelsea take interest. The West Londoners paid £6.9m to sign the versatile midfielder in 2003, and he made 109 appearances over four seasons, winning league titles in 2005 and 2006.
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A move to Newcastle followed, where Geremi was briefly named club captain under Sam Allardyce. He is one of Cameroon’s most decorated footballers having won 118 caps for The Indomitable Lions, for who he won two AFCON titles and an Olympic Gold medal.
Damien Duff signed for Chelsea as the big-spending regime of the Roman Abramovich era began in 2003.
The Republic of Ireland international had emerged as one of the most exciting wingers in the division at Blackburn Rovers, while impressing during Ireland’s run to the 2002 World Cup last-16 in Japan and South Korea.
Duff scored 10 goals in all competitions as Chelsea won the Premier League and League Cup in 2004/05, forming an excellent wing partnership with Arjen Robben. He added a second Premier League medal the following season, as Jose Mourinho’s team romped to back-to-back titles.
The Dubliner joined Newcastle in a £5m deal in 2006, where he spent three seasons and made 86 appearances. Duff departed after Newcastle’s relegation from the Premier League in 2008/09, and reached the Europa League final during his debut campaign at new club Fulham.
Scott Parker was another of the imports from Chelsea’s early Abramovich era, crossing the capital to sign from Charlton in a £10m deal in January 2004. The midfielder was named PFA Young Player of the Year at the end of that season, but found opportunities limited in West London.
He was allowed to leave for Newcastle for a fee of £6.5m after just one season at Chelsea, and spent two seasons at St James’ Park. Parker scored six times in 76 appearances for Newcastle before the lure of his native London took the midfielder to West Ham.
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Parker’s best football came in the colours of the Irons, as he won the West Ham United Hammer of the Year in three consecutive campaigns (2008/09, 2009/10, and 2010/11). The latter of those seasons saw Parker crowned FWA Footballer of the Year despite West Ham’s relegation.
Demba Ba signed for Newcastle on a free transfer from West Ham in 2011, after the latter’s relegation from the Premier League. Ba’s return of seven goals in 12 games after arriving from Hoffenheim piqued the interest of the Magpies, who secured a bargain purchase in the Senegalese striker.
Ba scored his first goals for Newcastle with a hat-trick against Blackburn Rovers and ended his debut campaign with 16 league goals. He formed an excellent understanding with compatriot Papiss Cisse, who arrived from Freiburg in the January window, as the duo dovetailed to fire Newcastle to Europa League football.
Vintage Demba Ba! 😍
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Ba opened the following season with 13 goals in 20 games, form which saw Premier League rivals take note. Chelsea, aware of a £7m release clause, swopped in to sign the forward in January 2013.
His time in West London saw Ba struggle for a regular role, though he scored a famous opener against Liverpool – capitalising on Steven Gerrard’s slip – and a brilliant FA Cup winner against Manchester United. Ba scored 14 goals in 51 appearances for Chelsea before leaving for Besiktas.
Newcastle agreed a deal to take Loic Remy on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers in 2013/14, with the move proving inspired as the Frenchman scored 14 Premier League goals.
Chelsea were impressed by those performances and signed Remy in a £10.5m deal, having activated his release clause at QPR. Remy arrived as a replacement for the aforementioned Ba, but suffered a similar fate as he struggled to dislodge Diego Costa for a first-choice role.
He scored nine goals in all competitions and won the Premier League and League Cup in 2014/15, but failed to command automatic status at Stamford Bridge. He started just nine league games across two seasons with the Blues.