Leon Best Excited At Big Newcastle Opportunity

One of the major things we’ve liked about Alan Pardew since he arrived at the Newcastle club, in very difficult circumstances to say the least, is that he seems to be an excellent man manager.

Leon Best – in action on Sunday
And we were a little surprised when Alan came out yesterday and said there was now way he was going to sell 24 year-old Leon Best, the former Coventry striker,  who has had a hard time of it at Newcastle over the last 12 months.

But when Leon came on for the last 15 minutes at Wigan on Sunday, he looked quite good, and certainly did a lot of running for the Newcastle cause, and was even unlucky not to score right at the end.

But Leon has also had stacks of injuries in the last year, and captain Kevin Nolan yesterday made a special point of reminding Newcastle fans,  that they hadn’t see how hard Leon had worked behind the scenes to recover from all his injuries, and the Nottingham-born player had a burning ambition to do well on Tyneside.

Best is now fully fit, and will almost certainly play some part tonight in the vital game 6 pointer against West Ham, and this is what Leon said today, about his manager saying he wasn’t planning to sell him at all:

“That put me on the straight and narrow – when you are hearing this and that in the papers, it’s hard,”

“You know it’s not coming from you, and you hope it’s not coming from the manager, but when the manager himself comes out and says you will get a chance, it takes the weight of your shoulders.”

“Now that the gaffer has given me my chance, it’s taken a lot of weight of my shoulders.” “I wasn’t my normal self. The stress of not playing, and wanting to play and not being involved, was getting to me.”

“This is a great club,” “For the amount of time that I’ve been out, I’ve never not felt part of the team, or isolated.” “I thank the lads for that.”

“It is just a matter of getting fitter and sharper, and when my chance comes, I need to do it for myself.”    “It’s down to me to put in more work in training.”

And since Alan Pardew arrived it seems that the team spirit among the lads is as good as ever, and they have made it all very easy for Alan to take over from the extremely popular Chris Hughton – and that’s for the good of the club.

The one thing Leon needs desperately to get his carer going on Tyneside is a goal, and hey, what better time to do that than in tonight’s game.

Best seems to have the support of the Newcatsle fans, if only because of his spirit and ambition to be a success on Tyneside.

It would be terrific if Leon could open his account tonight.

Comments welcome.

47 comments so far

  • ginarfa

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Best n xisco must start playin together…no harm tryin since lovenkrands n shola r nt realli very effective…best’s movement off the ball is gd n xisco hs gd control..

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m gonna get a pasting for this but could it be that mike ashley knows what he is doin and we are just bein impatient? Just a thought or maybe more of a hope but pardew seems to be doing pretty well so far and signing ben arfa shows he is willing to spend if the right player is availiable?

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #3

    I would like to see Xisco play a game like

  • UpdaToon

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Yeah and maybe we should start him upfront if AC is out the door :p


  • Bucks mag

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #5


    It’s going to be very tough for him to get a game or a chance. Perhaps Pards is gonna let him have the sub role Ranger occupied. Think he will have to score against Stevenage, he should play in that.

  • brownrob

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #6

    If Best was a little sharper and fitter, which comes with match time, I reckon he would have scored that chance he had.

    Good to see him take the man on

    By the way, craigcoozy I sent ya a follow request on twitter! my username ends with 1982!

  • jesus was a geordie

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m happy enough giving him a chance. Do I think he will be a great player? No! Do I think he can do a job for the team? Maybe! Do I think most fans will slate him regardless? Yes!

    Him and Perch both looked alright in their last games and had it been Jose or Carroll coming in to play for the first time in 10-15 games then they’d have been praised!

  • UpdaToon

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Best should go in Jan. Would be good to loan him out. Maybe give him some confidence if he actually scores a goal for once

  • nuttyward

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #9

    start him tonight with shola you might be surprised i know i willget shot down for this but he certainly has something

  • boater

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #10

    ginarfa TRUE!

    We simply MUST start playing the two strikers whom between them have 1 goal in over 30 appearances. Anything less than that combination with their awesome free-scoring firepower and I’m just sure we’ll be relegated.

    God Bless America! That’s for sure!

  • JSYproject

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #11

    cocnkey mag… dare i say it but i agree!!

  • Sinner

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #12

    If i were Pardew,i would try to get Sessegnon on loan.He looks set to leave Psg.Would be a good addition to our squad.

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #13

    Who do you most like want to play for us?

    A player who contribute 100% to us.
    A player who always try to keep winning for us.
    A player who always keep effort and keep learning trying increase their performance.

    Or do you want a player like owen? like emre? like Duff?

  • Lynxie

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Simple fact is that Leon ‘Lionel Richie’ Best looked the sharpest of any of our strikers on Sunday, hence he deserves a run in the team. He has showed more in ten mins than Xisco has shown in three years. And for that reason, you spanish waster, your fired.

  • ginarfa

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Im sure we wont get relegated playin 2 strikers for jus one game…well if nt now then wen??

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #16

    @ Malaysia-RASHID // Jan 5, 2011 at 1:58 PM (13)

    I want a player that is as committed starting on the bench as in the first XI

    Someone who gives 100% every time

    Someone whos head does not drop because they fluff a shot or miss a chance

    But who is that someone?

  • ginarfa

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Lynxie: agree wit u abt best but xisco was neva given a chance its either play him or ship him out by this trans window

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #18

    @ ginarfa // Jan 5, 2011 at 2:04 PM (17)


  • jwheelie12

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #19

    He talks a good game, I say we give him a chance.

    The problem is however, that we need/are linked with a strike partner for Carroll in this transfer window. Probably a small fast and creative type striker who will play just off Carroll.

    That leaves Shola, Ranger, Best, Xisco and Lovenkrands. Frankly there is only room for at the very most 4 of them. Since we can’t even give away Xisco, one of Lovenkrands and Best will probably have to go.

    I’d like to see us play 4-3-3 against Stevenage, with Ferguson, Kadar, Vukcic, Ranger, Best and Xisco all starting

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #20

    people predict us win at Home and i scare hoping and pray we will not lose. hahahahaha….i feel like we will start new year with always win and win…hahahhaha

  • jaw4life

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #21

    I think Best & Xisco should start against stevenage and Best should get another 10 or 15 minutes tonight.

  • TheScottishGeordie

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Xisco scored on his debut, then a few games later he got injured. He deserves his chance..


    ^^ my team for tonight

  • Thump

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #23

    I’d like to see Best and Xisco get a game together, they seem to be two players who really could work together (same with Xisco and Lover, actually). Shame I can’t see it happening.

  • cg

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #24

    I’d like to see Best play tonight, and with him anything but Shola. Perhaps Lövenkrands. And Ranger in early in 2nd.

    The lack of edge in our finish is disturbing without Andy. Need to inject some playing time into the others. Shola looks “sharp”ish the first 10 minutes and thats about it. Looms around at the top inept to hold the ball down at all.

  • warwick

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Why start Xisco in the premiership…see how he does against stevenage becuase imo I havn’t seen anything to say this guy has either the skill or attitude to pull on the shirt in 3 years.

  • colwell

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #26

    Best and Xisco for me, Shola gives about 10% on a good day and Lovens seems to forget the ball alot.

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #27

    @NUFC_Richyg01 // Jan 5, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    to me, rite now, i see all of the lads give what i can say trying to winning all the game, just some of them do no have real quality for EPL, but we need them for backup, we also need good player for cup,

    Do you all know why Sir Alex and Arsene rare buying big guns or change their player, to me they have their fund and there a lot of player willing to play for them, and like MU, some of their player should be Holiday at home because of age.

    Try to think, do you all think buying new player will make sure your team become stronger than before, my answers is No

    Because a good player will keep learning, and a good player will play for their favorite team and loyal to the teammates, manager and fans most important,

    See what happen to Arfa, Nolan, Barton, Carroll, jose

    All of them can leave NUFC when us relegate but they choose to stay coz they love us that why our game is awesome,

    With Arfa, he willing to leave french and being booyoo by his old club because he love us, we need this type of player.

    Try all of you compare us to MUFC, note to all of you about toure and adebayor fighting.

    Try referesh about Belemy and Dyer.

    Try about Owen who told press what he feel about us.

    To me, our player rite now make us have Pride again. Thanks to all NUFC player but most is Sir Chris Hughton.

    When i think, it’s must be because

    When i think, to have

  • Oba

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Yeah, lets randomly chuck Best and Xisco into the first team even though they’ve played about 10 minutes of football combined this season.

    Great plan that is, we’re sure to win then.


  • warwick

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #29

    I don’t get how people rip shola but then saying put xisco in the team…I mean really who’s the flop out of those 2 at least shola is proven at scoring at this level. Xisco aint even proven he can start!

  • Lynxie

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #30

    @ ginarfa // Jan 5, 2011 at 2:04 PM (17)

    Seriously, who is going to take him off our hands? He never shows anything (even in reserve games) to make anyone want to take a punt on him. He should be scoring hat tricks every week against the young kids, but he is not interetsted. Trust me, he will never be heard of again when he leaves the biggest club he will ever play for. Ask Hugo Viana.

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #31

    UpdaToon, read that link that you have posted… ! NOT FOR SALE… !

  • Lynxie

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #32

    TheScottishGeordie // Jan 5, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Xisco scored on his debut, then a few games later he got injured. He deserves his chance..

    The ball hit him on the shin.. He knew nowt about it. And by the way, you have to EARN your chance to wear black and white, so lets not get dewy eyed over this spanish waster who cant be arsed to put in the required effort. His signing was a massive mistake (take a bow poisoned dwarf Wise) and we should simply pack him off into the oblivion in which he lives daily. He is a tosser and should never wear Black and white again till he shows us he wants it.

  • chuck

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #33

    Being we have no clue what happens in training, our evaluation is based on only games we watch.
    That being the case, we know Best has probably been unlucky in not scoring.
    However what we have seen is a good work ethic, a willingness to pull his weight as a team player.
    To judge him on the amount of games he`s played so far is probably unfair.
    And the fact he`s been out with an injury for some time and needs both match fitness and a game or two under his belt, who knows ?
    It`s a similar situation with Xisco, who never really got a run in the side other than a few sub roles.
    Given the choices available, Lovenkrands has`nt showed much, Shola runs hot and cold, Ranger ? is he ready to start, sure he has impressed when playing the final twenty minutes, but to start is a different game.
    Perhaps starting Best would be the best choice(no pun intended) if he can`t cut it then he can be replaced.

  • carlton nufc

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #34

    to be fair xisco hasnt evan been given a chance he looked decent against aston villa then dissapered if any thing it shoulod be shola/ranger or loverboy/power ranger best needs to slowley be worked into the team not chucked straight in jut my view anyway and people stop running down shola hes better than people make out hes not the best but heis far from the worst in the league

  • Lynxie

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #35

    Give me a break. Xisco came on against Villa when we were toying with them like a cat with a dead mouse. Steven Hawking could have come on and done a job against them at that time. Even then he hardly broke sweat.
    Xisco, Waster. El Waste-o, Wastorino, tosso, Arseholeo., Lazyboneso, El Hopelesso,
    He has been given loads of chances, and a centre forward he most definately is not. Unless he has ‘potential’ (A bit like shola ha ha ha ha)

  • twgp

    Jan 5, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #36

    It would be nice to see Best open his account tonight, that’s if he can get some time on the pitch.

    we should also try and send Xisco out on loan in england. If he want’s game time, he should lower his wages to join a different club till the end of the season.

    Both of them need confidence, and loaning/being impact subs would be a good way to start.

  • cyprus

    Jan 5, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #37

    Don’t know what kind of jobs some of u hold (if u do that is), but I’d hate to have u as my employers. Yes, both these players have not been given a chance, whereas Shola has been given a hundred chances and he still seems disinterested. So give them a tenth of the chance Shola has had. If they don’t make it, then ship them.

  • TheScottishGeordie

    Jan 5, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #38


    yeah I was hoping no one would remember but I mean still, he really does need a proper chance at some point to see what he can do

  • nuttyward

    Jan 5, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #39

    lets not forget shola has pulled us out the mire a few times i.e sunday.
    Start Best and Shola up front tonight (not working bring on ranger)

  • ginarfa

    Jan 5, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #40

    Vuckic must start playin soon..has done well wen called upon…i think he shud start b4 routledge agnst west ham today


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