We’ll know soon if Leon Best will get his second start in his fledgling career at Derby County tonight.
Leon Best – will hope for another start tonight
Leon didn’t get on the score-sheet last Friday night, and certainly missed a sitter in the first 10 minutes, when it seemed easier to head the ball into the back of the net, rather than to head it wide right, from just six yards out.
But that doesn’t say that Leon didn’t look good on his debut, and being just 23 years-old he has time to get better, and we think he will.
But of course the star man last Friday night was local lad Andy Carroll, who could have easily had a hat-trick after just 15 minutes.
As it turned out he got a brace and hit the post, but the ball then rebounded into the net off a Cardiff City defender.
Andy was certainly ready to play on Friday night, that’s for sure, and he could have well been inspired by the possibility of winning the famous Newcastle number 9 shirt in the future.
As far as Leon Best is concerned, manager Chris Hughton is still expecting goals from his new striker, and he feels the obvious hot competition for a starting place at Newcastle, will spur on the former Coventry City striker.
Chris Hughton said today:
“He’s a young lad. I brought him in here to score goals, as with all the strikers, but also be part of a striking group that’s going to apply pressure on each other.”
“Although he didn’t get on the score sheet, I certainly wouldn’t want to take anything away from his contribution in the game.”
We have a sneaking suspicion that Chris may well give a start to local lad Shola Ameobi, who has not seen too much action lately.
And we were hoping that Newcastle would continue their all out attacking form of last Friday at Pride Park tonight, but it doesn’t look like that will necessarily happen as Chris continued:
“It’s a totally different team and different game. You have to look at each game on its merits, and the most important thing is to try and get a good result.”
Of course with the new creativity in the Newcastle side, you never know, and the Magpies may get off to another good start tonight – we hope so anyway.