It was the stuff of fairy tales – supposed flop Leon Best being sold in the January transfer – Alan Pardew saying that simply was not true – and then giving Leon his first ever start in the Premier League and Leon hit home 3 great goals at St. James’ Park.
Leon Best – celebrating after scoring first ever PL goal on Wednesday
And then Leon getting a deserved standing ovation by a very appreciative Geordie crowd, when he was replaced in the second half.
Fairy tale stuff indeed.
And Leon has come out and said he’ll never ever forget that experience at Newcastle, for as long as he lives.
While that doesn’t surprise us one little bit – what Leon did on Wednesday night shows clearly that the Nottingham-born lad is made of sturdy stuff indeed, and it’s a credit to him what he was able to achieve, when everything seemed against him.
It’s how people perform in times of adversity which is the measure of the man (or woman).
Leon Best should play this afternoon at Stevenage, even though he limped off with a heel injury, after scoring his third goal on Wednesday night.
And Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan, who even before the game on Wednesday told Newcastle fans of how Leon had worked his socks off, to get over his many injuries on Tyneside over the last year.
This is what Kevin had to say this morning about Best:
“The lad has a load of talent and we all knew he had it in him,” “He has been a bit unlucky.”
“I know he has had his knockers and doubters but I spoke about him last week, saying what he has been doing in training.”
“When he first came to the club, we had Peter Løvenkrands and Andy Carroll on fire in the Championship.”
“We were top of the league so it was always going to be difficult for him to get in. What he has done is wait for his chance and make sure he is ready.”
“It could not have happened to a nicer guy.”
Leon has a chance this afternoon to stake a claim to start against Sunderland next Sunday afternoon, although the favorites right now to start up front have to be Ameobi and Carroll – if both of them are fit.
But Leon will know he will need to turn out a good performance in every game for Newcastle, in order to keep his place.
We know he already knows that – so we simply wish him the very best of luck this afternoon.
Can you imagine what would happen if he gets another hat-trick?
Howay The Lads!!