Leon Best Could Be Sent Out On Loan

Newcastle United are ready to send Leon Best out on loan.

Leon Best – out on loan?

And there will likely be a number of Championship clubs interested in taking the player, with Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan recently saying he was interested in the former Coventry striker.

Leeds United are another club thought to be interested, and since Leon returned from his ankle injury, he wasn’t even on the bench yesterday at Goodison Park, and is unlikely to get much playing time at the Tyneside club.

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton knows is well aware that Leon needs to play – somewhere – and he told the Sunday Sun today:

“Leon is back in training with us now. Yes, we would consider a loan for Leon if it was right,”

“First and foremost he’s got to get fit. Once he’s back fit he needs games and if he wasn’t getting the amount of games at Newcastle we have to look at it.”

Leon is behind Carroll, Lovenkrands, Ameobi, Ben Arfa and even Nile Ranger as a striker at the club, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Leon permanently leaves the club either in January or next summer.

The Irish International has appeared 13 times for the Magpies,  and signed a contract through the summer of 2013 last January, when he was signed from Coventry on the last day of the transfer deadline.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 19, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Not surprising really.

    He gets a lot of stick that I don’t think people that try, like he does, should get, but he’s just not good enough for us right now….

  • WesJameson

    Sep 19, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #2

    A loan deal would be BEST for all parties 🙂

  • Sav

    Sep 19, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Howay the Lads – is that not the same stick Best has been getting?
    Fact seems to be he probably isn’t good enough. If that’s stick, but he is a trier and his crossing is pretty decent. But mainly he’s just another mouth to feed who isn’t contributing to where we hope to be going.

  • Brutooon

    Sep 19, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #4

    loan him to leeds, leeds need his goal to go back to the premierleague

  • baro

    Sep 19, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Please loan him for the better of him and us

  • benscott123123

    Sep 20, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #6

    At the time we needed a championship striker for back up and it was a good deal for the price we paid to help get us back to the premier league. I think everyone new once we were promoted he wouldnt get a look in and would be sold but we wont make a big loss on him if any. In fairness he’s always given his all never said or done anything negative towards the club even though he struggled to get a starting place

  • Phil K

    Sep 20, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #7

    It would be good for the lad to get his confidence back.
    Listening to him talk, its clear he’s no dumbo, unlike most footballers.
    Leeds would be an excellent loan move for him. He’d do a similar job to Beckford for them.


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