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.
“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?