Best, Taylor, Campbell And Xisco All Play In Reserves Win

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.

8 comments so far

  • geordie_india

    Nov 17, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #1

    I think Best will be a good player for us! Hope so!!

  • peterktoon

    Nov 17, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #2

    I feel sorry for Xisco.. Chris must sell him or give him a chance.. Simple as that

  • Howay The Lads

    Nov 17, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #3

    I like Best. I know he didn’t score, but he seemed to give a bit and battle for a few balls.

    He hasn’t earned the right to play yet, but if he keeps working in training and there’s a few injuries then I wouldn’t begrudge him a game

  • roy cropper

    Nov 17, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #4

    @ 2 – dont feel sorry for that coward he’s accepting £50k/week under false pretenses man.

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 17, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #5

    If this was a closed door match, how come so many are commenting on how well, or poorly, so of the lads performed?

    As for Xisco, he has been seen in cameos in the first two games and was flawless. I don’t know how anyone can rate him so few minutes.

  • leedodd

    Nov 17, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Its Looking Like we will need them on Saturday Then !!!! Ryan Taylor out – Joey Bartn Out – Mr T Out and probably Andy Carroll so these 4 will be needed so at least they have a few games under there Belts .

  • Trent Toon

    Nov 17, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Xisco is a quality player and not a mistake in the transfer market. Im sorry but im yet to see an error by Xisco on the times he has been on the park. Why Ed do you give Xisco such a hard time when he hasn’t even had a chance??

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 17, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Trent, there must be something going on between Xisco & the staff and/or management that the public does not know about. Or, it may be that Xisco is just not quite ready to step in. He disappeared for weeks and it is then announced he had an injury, but not what kind. Could he have off field issues? I’d really like to know the real story on him as he looks a competent player.


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