Chris Hughton To Give Leon Best Every Chance Next Season


Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has said today that Newcastle’s 23 year-old striker Leon Best will get every chance next season to be  a success on Tyneside.

Leon Best – will get chance at Newcastle

Leon  is on international duty with Ireland in their summer training camp and could well be involved in the upcoming international friendlies against Paraguay and Algeria next week.

But Best has not started his Newcastle career very well and he is still to score for the Magpies.   However, it’s far too early to give up on this player and we remind Newcastle fans that it does sometimes take time for players to settle in at Newcastle.

That’s true of our top two vote getters in the Newcastle United Blog Player of the Season poll this year, in both Jose Enrique (winner) and Kevin Nolan (second).

Both these players took time to settle in at Newcastle are now playing their best football ever on Tyneside.

Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I was delighted with the lads that came in back in January.” “They all added something to the squad.”    “Probably Leon Best, from that group, hasn’t played as much as the others.”

“It was probably a little bit more difficult for him because the two players in front of him Andy Carroll and Peter Lovenkrands were in very good form.”

“They played a lot of games, and scored a lot of goals.” “It was a difficult one for him and Leon was probably a little bit unfortunate.”   “It was hard for him to get into a real rhythm.”

Leon Best is a Hughton signing, and it is now up to Chris and yes – Leon himself, to get the best out of the Ireland striker at Newcastle.

Hughton will be following Leon when he plays for Ireland next week,  and the Newcastle manager seems determined to stand by his signing, which is understandable.

Hughton continued:

“He’s 23 years of age, and an Irish international.”  “That’s where he is, and that hasn’t changed.”

“We’ve got a really tough season in a tough league ahead of us, and I hope we can be successful with anyone we bring in.”

“But it’s a little bit easier bringing people into a team which is winning games.”

We’ll have to see how Leon fares next season in England’s top league, but he will have a hard job competing with Andy Carroll, Peter Lovenkrands and Shola Ameobi, plus one more striker that we expect Hughton to bring in  during the summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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19 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    May 19, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #1

    HaHa…Funniest thing I have heard pre season…Best is a pile of Turd..wake up CH he is third division material.

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  • Toon Sweden77

    May 19, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #2

    What we think? Well … sell..

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  • TinoAsprilla

    May 19, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #3

    I am amazed at how short sighted everyone is towards Best, he came on against Plymouth and looked bright, sure he hasn’t scored yet, buts sometimes strikers take a while to score, then they bang a few in quick succession.

    23 and an irish international, thats pretty good considering he’s never played in the premier league. Seemed to do well at coventry, scored 10 goals in the first half of the season. Then was only given chances as a sub, because of the form of Caroll and Lovenkrandz.

    I have a feeling that CH bought him with an eye on next season, as he must have known chances would have been slim in the second half of this season, due to the form of our team.

    We have written off players before and we do it far to often, people were saying Colo and Jonas were wank last season, now look at them. I think Leon Best deserves a season to be judged on, after all the rest of CH’s signings were an instant success, however some may need more time.

    I fancy Best to be on the score sheet in the preseason friendlies and then we’ll see next year, remember there are a lot of games to come and we have a relatively small squad.

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  • BeeGuy

    May 19, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s hard to know what to say about Best. Early last season I thought Nile Ranger looked better than Andy Carroll, since every Carroll shot was “just wide” or “off the post”. Carroll pulled himself together and found that missing inch difference between “in” and “so close”. (Not to say I’m not a Ranger fan, still) Now Carroll can score and has shown the ability to lay in a good pass or cross. So, I say, give Best his shot in pre-season. See if he fits in, and go from there.

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  • G

    May 19, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #5

    I think Ed has a point, and I do think the lad has done everything else apart from score. He puts himself about quite well in the games, his work rate is fine, his ability seems fine, and he is only 23. Give him a chance here, he may be a rough diamond. I could of course be completely wrong, but I think the worse case scenario would be that we could shift him in the Jan transfer window.

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  • listie

    May 19, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #6

    He’ll be given every chance next season – what to make the tea !

    He had his chance, didn’t cut it in the fizzy pop, will be torn to threads in the prem, it was always a wonder why we signed him, and with the Cov fans so pleased he went we now know why

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  • G

    May 19, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #7

    I think people on this blog are begining to forget, we don’t pay big bucks for prima donas any more. Lets keep the expectations real here chaps. The lad is still learning his trade, so get off his back or he will be a waste of money due to his destroyed confidence. So far I have seen a player with merrits learning his trade, so lets let him get on with it, and show us what he can do.

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  • jesus was a geordie

    May 19, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #8

    His strength and off the ball work is quality, no one can argue with that.

    His finishing has been poor, it looks like he gets a rush of blood to the head with every final touch, but as someone has said, with a succesful pre-season, i could see him getting 5-10 goals for us next season. And if they’re all in 1:0/2:1 wins, there’s up to 30 points he could notch up (wishful thinking I know!)

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  • jesus was a geordie

    May 19, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #9

    G – exactly, he isn’t Luque, he isn’t Xisco, he isn’t earning 60k/70k a week, he didn’t cost up 6-10m, he hasn’t really fallen too far in my estimations, ’cause I didn’t have them set too high anyway, but if he can do a job for us, then fair play, and while he’s in a newcastle shirt, i will support him!

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  • Newutd

    May 19, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #10

    When you have a hard time competing with Ameobi in the PL, you know you’re shit.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    May 19, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Thank goodness CH is in charge and not the readers of this blog or we’d have no-one left.

    Eminently sensible stuff from Hooto as ever, many players didn’t fit straight into teams and LB deserves that second chance. Remember we were writing off Jonas, Colo, Smith, Nolan and Harper this time last year, and Chris Hughton, with Carroll scarcely getting a mention – and look how it turned out once the team started to mesh. (Anyway, look on the bright side, it’s not like we got stiffed big-time on Berbatov or Robbie Keane.)

    Pity his fine shot hit the bar against Plymouth, or we might be more inclined to back him. Having said that, if LB doesn’t find his shooting boots before Xmas he should be gift-wrapped for Santa and delivered elsewhere on loan. We fans should be patient, but not too patient, eh? No more calamitous Xisco/Viana fiascos please.

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  • G

    May 19, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #12

    By your own logic Newutd then we have to assume that Ranger, Carroll and Lovernkrands are also in the ‘Barry White’ category of player then? Like it or not, Ameobi is our senior striker at the club, who has scored some of the most important goals in our clubs history and has more experience in the prem than the rest of our combined stike force put together.

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  • Doocey

    May 19, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #13

    I don’t know how many people have slated Leon Best already. Fickle, fickle Toon ‘fans’.

    If anyone knows anything about signing players number 1 is that you can’t just ship them on a week after not liking them.

    As I’ve said already, Best will be given a chance, a season in fact.

    Judge the lad after a full season and after some actual playing time.

    Thank you Chris Hughton & Ed for clearing something up that I’ve been preaching for months now.

    The small minority of Toon fans that think he should leave and never come back obviously don’t know how football teams are run.

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  • Bucks mag

    May 19, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Get rid, he’s not good enough.

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  • JaydanGeordie

    May 19, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #15

    rather have Xisco than Best

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  • GeordieGerman

    May 19, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Howay man, Best will do a Coloccini. Lousy first season and BANG BANG BANG second.

    So better get back to sleep now.

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  • Marty-Toon

    May 19, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Bet ya that if Xisco had the amount of chances that best got in the team then he would of come good.
    Quite typical of us as fans though.
    Hope Best can prove us wrong but he will have to up it a gear

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  • Newutd

    May 20, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #18

    G
    “By your own logic Newutd then we have to assume that Ranger, Carroll and Lovernkrands are also in the ‘Barry White’ category of player then? Like it or not, Ameobi is our senior striker at the club, who has scored some of the most important goals in our clubs history and has more experience in the prem than the rest of our combined stike force put together.”

    What? Loven and Carroll are way ahead of Ameobi when it comes to getting picked for the starting eleven. I hope at least – for the sake of Hughton. Nile Ranger is a young kid, so i can’t really see how that would count for him. How bout thinking about your own logic..

    Who cares if he has experience when he can’t score? Who cares if he is our “senior” striker? 32 goals in 177 matches is awful.

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  • G

    May 20, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #19

    It may be awful i n your eyes Newutd, but some strikers in the top flight never reach that target in their whole careers. My referal to your logic is that for large parts of last season CH has gone with 1 lone striker, which means everybody who plays up front is in competition with Ameobi. Going back to your post at 10, this implies that all of our strikers are bad. Who is to say that any of our current strike force is guarunteed a starting role in the prem though? If CH goes with Best up front for the new season, I will not be booing, I will not be calling for anybody to be sacked, I will be getting behind my team and cheering them on.

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