Leon Best Gets First Premier League Start – Ameobi Out Injured


A bit of a surprise tonight in that Shola Ameobi  is again out injured, it’s 99% certain to be his hamstring yet again, and therefore Leon Best gets the start for Newcastle United tonight,  in their vital game against 3rd bottom West Ham United.


The 24 year-old striker comes in for Shola Ameobi, and that’s the only change from the side which easily beat Wigan 1-0 on Sunday.

But to call Shola injury prone is an under-statement,  and now we have the untested Leon Best, who has yet to score for Newcastle over the last 12 months –  leading the line – but he does have the experienced Peter Lovenkrands beside him.

However, on the positive side of things this is a great opportunity for Best to show what he can do for Newcastle tonight, but we wonder where the goals will come from, if we are to be brutally honest.

Nike Ranger will no doubt be used at some point in the game tonight, and Nile has yet to score a PL goal for Newcastle.

Scott Parker, the former Newcastle midfielder and captain, starts for West Ham tonight, and it’s interesting that young 19 year-old left-back come left winger,  Shane Ferguson,  makes the bench tonight, but no sign of Dan Gosling.

Wonder if Shane will get a run-out on the left wing at some point tonight.

Anyway, we need all 3 points against West Ham tonight – there’s no doubt about that.

Howay The Lads!!

Teams:

Newcastle United: Harper; Simpson Coloccini Taylor (S) Enrique; Barton Tiote Nolan (c) Gutierrez; Ameobi Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul, Williamson, Perch, Ferguson, Guthrie, Routledge, Ranger

West Ham United: Green, Ben Haim, Tomkins, Upson, Gabbidon, Sears, Kovac, Parker, Noble, Piquionne, Cole
Subs: Boffin, Reid, Spector, Behrami, Barrera, Obinna, Hines



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435 comments so far

  • BigWooo

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Wow ed were you getting tugged off while writing this

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  • Richy_c90

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Looks like the line up for Wigan, but just seen the line up, shame Gosling is not in, but glad Pardew is not gonna risk him, maybe 20 mins against Stevenage?

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #3

    have i gone mad Ed or have u just put Ameobi in the starting line up with Best on the bench? im detecting a bit of copy and paste lazyness!

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  • The-Ciaran8

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Great…..:|

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  • UpdaToon

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Can’t believe Best is starting. We must sign somebody in Jan and get him out the door.

    http://www.cleansheetsallround.co.uk/2010/12/serie-a-news-bojinov-in-newcastle-switch

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  • sparetheman

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #6

    How long before the schoolboy gets noticed and changed?

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  • Todd-USA

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #7

    I’d really like to see Ranger get a chance. Hopefully he will come on as an impact sub, if needed.

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  • alex84

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #8

    i think loven will get on the sheet today.
    3-1 to the toooooon!!!!

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  • hitman

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #9

    any links

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #10

    ohhh dear oh dear, yet again Ranger on the bench.

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  • beadyeyesbb

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #11

    why doesnt he start ranger?!!! Any links tonight?

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  • ginkoh

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Hopefully Best won’t let himself and us down. Show us what you can do.

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  • UpdaToon

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Ranger needs to start

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  • boater

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Can’t wait to see Nike Ranger play ED.. is he good?

    I understand players wanting to get extra revenue but really changing your name is going too far.

    God Bless America! Yeeehaaa

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  • Jawdboy

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Typical Strolla – decent performance with a decent shift and a (albeit tap in) goal – I’m usually a massive critic but thought he did better vs Wigan, but now injury strikes again…!

    Will reserve judgement on Best until after tonight but just shows the problems we have up front. Ranger deserves a chance but maybe better as an impact sub + Pardew hinting he’s turning up late for training etc…

    We need a new striker asap – Robbie Keane off to Birmingham from various reports 🙁

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  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #17

    This is great. We are finally going to see a different kind of football. Ranger cannot start because he is yet to score a goal for the club.

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #18

    No Gosling, must be a little to early for him. Best can really show what he is made of tonight, this will be his biggest chance to show he can hack it in the EPL. I may be a little harsh here but i doubt Best will give us much tbh but i hope he does prove himself. Good luck to Best.

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  • boater

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #19

    We don’t want robbie Keane, for the money there are much better options than that broken down old banger.

    ED , Nike Ranger is a shoe-in for this team wouldn’t you say?

    God Bless America! Yeeehaaa

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  • Stuart

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Any working links like? that one posted above isnt working.

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #21

    is it just me or does leon best look like rapper Drake

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  • Richy_c90

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Obinna on the bench for West Ham :/ he looked their best player against us, and other times one of their better players

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  • obaflamey

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Jawdboy- I agree we do need another striker. Fee quoted for Robbie Keane is £7m so I dont think we’d really have ever gone for him as we know we won’t spend that much, and I dont think he’s worth that much! But we already have 6 strikers on our books so I don’t know how realistic it is to think we’ll get another one in unless we move on a couple which doesn’t look like happening. I think we’re concentrating on a right winger who can put the crosses in for the strikers. Whether any of them, aside from Carroll clearly, will put them away is another matter. I hope I’m wrong and we do get a quality striker in though to help Carroll out with the goals!

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  • alex84

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #24
  • GeordieDan

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #25

    When anyone finds working links for the match can u post e ASAP please?

    Struggling 2nite and can’t ake it 2 SJP

    Cheers!

    HWTL

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  • Stuart

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #26

    I found that one like, I bloody hope it switches from athletics to the football before kickoff!

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  • Thump

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Best and Lover?

    Well done Alan!

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  • PennStateToon

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #28

    haha toonoholic i was just saying the same thing yesterday

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  • lou9brasil

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #29

    3 points tonight don’t care if we win 1 nil or 10 nil…. All I want is 3 points, like nolan said it’s time we pulled away from the relegtion pack

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #30

    Here’s a one that gives you a choice of links for tonights game:

    http://www.footballstreaming.info/streams/todays-links/

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  • kajman

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #31

    http://www.flashsportstreams.com/forum/showthread.php?t=129357 guts this is a free site to register the mate is jst a cpl of quid to watch,, ive been watching all matches this season for £30- and it brill

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  • kajman

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #32

    you can just pay per match is very very good

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  • nufc1984

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Best to have a beast of a game and score two. U heard it here 1st!!:-)

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  • Irish Geordie1

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #34

    ah you can get them for free you know freefootball.org (your welcome)

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  • Stuart

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Why would i pay when i can watch it for nowt? haha.

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  • boater

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Kajman – it’s illegal to promote digital e-commerce domains without declaring a personal interest, not to mention fook’n irritating.

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  • kajman

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #37

    well its a perfect live stream and the qualite is perfect ..but hay its your choice…me i like to watch the match knowingf its not going to crash ,, your call

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  • Oba

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #38

    God help us.

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  • atom

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Massive game tonight with our upcoming schedule. HWTL

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  • boater

    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #40

    Kajman – sounds great let me get my chequebook.. can I make the payment to you directly?

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