It seems that Newcastle’s Leon Best doesn’t think he should be sent out on loan to try to reignite his career.
Leon Best – only wants to stay on Tyneside
Leon wants to stay on Tyneside and fight for his place in the Newcastle starting line-up but he will face lots of competition from Andy Carroll, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger, to get a game.
Best has now returned to full training after an ankle injury, and played for the Reserves on Tuesday afternoon in the 1-0 win against Man City, and played the full game.
Leon has hard;ly had a good start to his Newcastle career since he was signed for around 1M from Coventry in January for around £1M, and he will need to show a lot better form if he is to have a future on Tyneside.
We had expected him to be sent out on loan to a Championship club soon, but it seems that Leon doesn’t want to do that:
“Getting back playing is a massive boost for me,” “I want to bring the competition back for the strikers because if we are pushing each other, that is only going to benefit the team.”
“I’ve been out for so long it has been hard, but it feels fantastic to be back. I definitely want to stay here. I’ve been sent out on loan since I was 17 years old and I’m not interested in going out on loan again really.”
“I want to stay at Newcastle because I love it here and I want to help them do well. Whether that is from the bench, or starting games, whatever, I don’t mind.”
“I want to play, of course I do, but I love it here and I want to fight for my place here. I’ve got to wait for my chance and when it comes, make the most of it.”
Of course Leon needs to be given some time to regain his form, and if he’s not sent out on loan by Chris Hughton, then Chris will give the player every chance to prove he is a future Newcastle striker.
And we also have to remember the Nottingham-born player has only just turned 24, and has 13 appearances so far for the Magpies, so he still needs some time to prove himself.