We seem to be overloaded with strikers – with Leon best being the 5th striker who will fight it out for two starting positions through the end of the season.
Leon Best – has good speed
Newly signed Best does offer Newcastle a different option – since he has good speed, and unlike Nile Ranger, who is also quick – he is a lot more experienced.
With Wayne Routledge also packing some pace and skill on the right wing, Hughton has admitted that adding some pace was what management wanted to do in the January transfer window:
“I think what we wanted is different types of strikers. We know we’re going into the business end of the season and have to be able to compete on all fronts,”
“He’s (Best) different: he’s got a bit of power and a bit of pace. He’s a lad that has played in this division and is used to it. More importantly he’s got lots of potential.”
“He’s 23 and that is a very good age. We feel that there’s a lot more to come from Leon and that we can bring out the best in him.”
We have to admit being surprised by the signing of Best yesterday, since the lad was never on the radar screen until he was signed, but that also shows good work behind the scenes by the Newcastle club.
We think the club did their homework before the January window opened, and we will need to do the same thing in the summer, if we do get promoted, which we don’t think is a sure bet at all, given our insipid performance last time out.
And of course, one thing that Newcastle fans are still disappointed at, is not signing Victor Moses, when it looked like last Friday night he was so close to coming to Newcastle.
“Everyone knows we were interested in Victor and we tried to sign him but he decided to go to Wigan,”
“Sometimes you can’t affect what happens. Every club has players that they target but don’t get.”
“There’s so much business being done, you need to have other options and that’s what we had.”
The news reported was that Wigan’s bid was at least £500K more than the Newcastle bid, and met Crustal Palace’s £2.5M valuation of the player, so that was why he joined Wigan.
That’s what is upsetting to Newcastle fans – another 500K and we could have had the exciting teenager – presumably.
But that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now – and we have the squad whose job it is to get this club back in the Premier League.
And that effort continues on Friday night against Cardiff City at St. James’ Park.
We hope (pray) we can get all 3 points in that game.