News in the Daily Mail this morning that Newcastle will let Leon Best go in the January transfer market, and that’s not too surprising.
Leon Best – ready to move on
Since Leon was signed by Chris Hughton, Alan does not have to hold onto the player, whereas if Chris was still manager he would want to give Leon more time to show he was not a waste of money.
But it seems Best is now down the pecking order at Newcastle, with Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger, and of course Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi all above him.
5th striker at Newcastle is not a good position to be in – so this news is not too surprising, and will allow Alan to recuperate some, if not all, of the money spent on the former Coventry striker.
We’re not sure how much Newcastle spent on the striker who was signed on the last day of last January’s transfer window, probably around £1M, and there will be no shortage of interested clubs, which will help Newcastle recuperate at least most of their money.
There will be quite a number of Championship clubs interested in taking the 24 year-old striker, and while he could easily be moved out on loan, the news today is that Pardew wants to sell the striker, to make way for other players to come into the Newcastle squad .
We also have to think some other fringe players will be moved out in January, with James Perch being one who has to be concerned about his future at the club.
Leon Best has appeared 13 times for Newcastle with no goals, and James Perch has played 9 times, but it seems he was only keeping the right back spot, until Danny Simpson returned from his ankle injury.
And while Ryan Taylor is out injured at the moment, he could well want out in the summer, simply because he wants to play more football than he’s getting on Tyneside, and we have to respect that if that’s what happens with the Liverpudlian.