News today that striker Leon Best has been put on the transfer list by new Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
Leon Best – put on transfer list
The striker has failed completely to make any impact on Tyneside over the last 12 months, and was hardly a good signing by former manager Chris Hughton, who signed Leon on the very last day of the January transfer market last year.
Newcastle will now try to recuperate the money they spent on the Irish International, which is thought to be around £500K.
Leeds United, Burnley and Nottingham Forest are Championship clubs said to be interested in the player, and Pardew wants a quick sale so he can use the money to spend in the January transfer window.
Amazingly Best is now 5th choice in the striking order at Newcastle behind Carroll, Ameobi, Lovenkrands and young Nile Ranger – but he’s still in front of Xisco.
So we have to think Xisco will also be transfer listed – since he’s picking up big wages on Tyneside, and is hardly ever included even in the match day squad of 18.
Leeds are the current favorites, but Middlesbrough could well move in quickly for the striker, since Leon was a target for the Teesside club last summer.
We also thought that James Perch could be on his way in January.
But his good performance at Tottenham, where he played his heart out for the side, out of position at left back, and had a decent game, will keep him at Newcastle for the time being.
He may not be the greatest player in the world, but it’s really difficult to criticize a player when they give the 100% commitment and effort James showed right through the game on Wednesday.
If you look at the game again, it really looks like James was playing as though his life depended on it!
Maybe Alan Pardew can get players to play out of their skins for him – we’ll soon see at Wigan this afternoon.