Newcastle have six strikers fighting it out in pre-season, and it’s fairly obvious that one or two of these will be loaned out for next season.
Leon Best – will get his chance this season?
However, we have to think the likely two to be loaned out are Xisco and young Nile Ranger, and we think Leon Best will get his chance to prove he is a Premiership-class player next season.
Best had a bad start to his career but has been bright in pre-season and has got two good opportunist goals.
Some reports over the weekend said that Newcastle may be prepared to loan out Best this season, but we think he just needs time – just as Kevin Nolan did when he first arrived at Newcastle.
The Ireland international has impressed so far in pre-season with two goals in his last two outings, and he’s looked more than decent up front.
Best told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“You can play well as a striker, and not score, and play badly, and score a hat-trick,”
“I just need to keep finding the net, really.” “That’s what I’ve not done as much in my career, and probably helped others, but if I keep scoring, I’ll get pats on my back.”
“The lads welcomed me with open arms as soon as I came.” “I didn’t get the goal early, and it was like I could never score, so hopefully this season’s going to be different for me.”
“I’ve got my first goal, and I’m just going to keep striving.”
Leon has got it tioght there – he just needs to keep finding the net as he has done in his last two appearances and his goal on Saturday was out of nothing as he put the ball home from a great free kick form the left wing by the impressive Ryan Taylor.
Goals lift sides, and that’s exactly what his two goals have done for Newcastle - and we hope it’s also lifted the spirits of Leon himself, because he’s starting to show he has the ability to succeed on Tyneside - if given a little time.
We’ll put up a poll and let us know which two strikers you’d like to see start for Newcastle next season – each reader will have two votes.