Magpies manager Chris Hughton is confident that today’s arrival from Coventry City, Leon Best, can develop into a better player at Newcastle United.
Leon Best - new arrival at Newcastle today
Leon started his career at Southampton, who have had an excellent youth policy these last several years, and one we hope Newcastle can soon emulate.
Leon is still young, having turned 23 only last September, and he was a surprise signing by Newcastle today.
Leon made his international debut for Ireland last May against Nigeria, and so far has 4 caps for his country – with hopefully many more still to come.
Leon has 10 goals this season, just one short of Kevin Nolan, so he has been hitting the back of the net quite frequently, and of course Leon was the Coca Cola Championship Player for September.
Chris Hughton spoke about his new recruit this afternoon:
“What people forget is how young Leon is because he’s been around for a few years now,”
“He was one of a number of young players at Southampton who came through together and showed a lot of promise.”
“He is a good age, at 23, and certainly has his best years ahead of him.” “He has a lot of development left in him and we hope to see that here at Newcastle.”
“This season has also been his best in terms of goals and he’s into double figures.” “I think he will bring more options in attack and I’m delighted to complete the deal.”
We hope the lad turns out to be an excellent signing for us, and we have been impressed with the way the coaches and staff have lined up their targets in this transfer window.
Obviously they had done their homework before January arrived, and while we were turned back by our first two targets in Beckford and Killgallon – the club still managed to bring in some good players – and we think we now have stronger and certainly bigger squad than in December.
That was the goal of this transfer window, after all.
Now it’s got be all out for promotion for the rest of the season, starting against Cardiff City at home on Friday night.