The secret to Demba Ba’s success: Syrup addictionBrooks PeckDirty TackleJanuary 5, 2012Demba Ba is having a tremendous first season for Newcastle with 15 goals in 19 matches, including the first in their 3-0 win over Manchester United on Saturday. After being passed on by Stoke over injury fears and signed by Newcastle on a free transfer, Ba has been nothing short of a revelation. And the secret behind that revelation is strawberry flavored syrup.In an interview with Sky Sports, Ba was asked to reveal a secret about himself. "It could be anything," the interviewer says."I love syrup," Ba responds with conviction. "Strawberry syrup. It's just like that." He says he has it every day. "When I drink water, I put syrup in it.""Is that good for you?" the interviewer asks, knowing the answer is obviously no."I guess," Ba responds before chuckling a syrupy chuckle.He's been doing it for 10 years. "It's something I can't live without. It's like an addiction. I swear. Every time my family come over [from France] the first thing I ask them is bring me syrup. That's my secret." He laughs.OK.