Chris Hughton has talked about new boy Leon Best today, and he’s backing the 23 year-old Nottingham-born player to get his first goals for the Magpies soon.
Leon Best – wants his first goal
Leon could have scored against Cardiff City, on his debut, but missed a sitter from about 6 yards out, when he headed the ball wide.
But Chris Hughton is backing Best to score sooner rather than later – and hey, a good time would be tomorrow night against his old club.
Chris said today:
“When you come to a new club you want to make an impact or a contribution almost immediately,”
“Leon hasn’t been able to get that goal I’m sure he would’ve liked but he’ll be pleased to have played a big part in Saturday’s draw.”
“The goal wouldn’t have been possible without his cross and it helped to secure what was a massive point for us.”
“He can use that now as a boost to get his first goal and I’m sure that won’t be too far away.”
“He’s a player we need to get closer to the goal because there’s no doubt that when he’s in the area he can finish.”
“He arrived with ten goals already this season and he’ll be desperate to add to that as soon as possible with us.”
Best would love to score against his former club, and we think Hughton will give him a start up front alongside Andy Carroll tomorrow night.
Andy seems to be in very good form and scoring goals, which is good.
Leon had a more than decent game at Coventry on 9th December against Newcastle, when he had a couple of good efforts well saved by goalkeeper Steve Harper.
But Chris knew all about the player long before then, as he continued:
“Leon did well that night,” “But he is a player we have known about for a long time and our opinion was not based on that one performance.”
“He is a player we feel has a lot of potential, he is a good age at 23 and we feel he can improve in this environment at Newcastle.”
The good thing about the January transfer window, when Best came in on the very last day, was that the Newcastle coaching and scouting staff really seemed to have done their homework, and had their targets lined up.
It even looked at times like we knew what we were doing during the transfer window, which came as a bit of a surprise.
Yes, it wasn’t possible to get the top two targets, Kilgallon and Beckford, but we seemed to have got in a few decent players.
If we can get promoted it’s going to be very interesting to see who Chris goes after in the summer.
We will need some good players added to the squad, which may not yet be good enough for promotion, never mind surviving in the PL next season.
But first things first – and we need a win tomorrow night against Coventry City.