Newcastle Reserves beat Man City 1-0 yesterday at Benton, and are now back on top of the Premier Reserve League, with Wigan second and Man City in third place.
Leon Best – played full game for Reserves yesterday
24 year-old Leon Best made his come-back in the game, and played for the full 90 minutes, and he looked fairly good in his first game back since playing in pre-season.
The Ireland International suffered an ankle injury in pre-season and has struggled ever since to get back to full fitness, and now finds himself way down the striker pecking order on Tyneside, and he could well be sent out on loan to a Championship side – soon.
Spanish striker Xisco also played yesterday for 73 minutes, and it seems that Xisco could become like Elena Marcelino, who stayed on Tyneside in the late 1990s, to play out his contract while hardly ever playing for the first team.
That’s what happens when you make a huge mistake in the transfer market, and spend close to £6M on these players and give them huge wages, before they’ve ever even played for Newcastle.
Sol Campbell also played in the center of defense, and again looked impressive, as he seemed to stroll through the game for 60 minutes, before he was replaced by Grieve, who got the winner with a header after 71 minutes.
24 year-old Steven Taylor also played the full 90 minutes without any apparent discomfort, and it looks like both Sol and Steven are all ready to mount a challenge to Coloccini and Williamson for the center-back positions in Newcastle’s defense.
Nothing wrong with having competition for each and every place in the Newcastle first team.
Newcastle Reserves: Soderberg; Tavernier, Taylor, Campbell (Grieves 60), Folan; Richardson, Donaldson, Newton, Ameobi; Best, Xisco (Airey 73). Subs (not used): Robinson, Leadbitter, Adjei.