We have been quite impressed with Leon Best since he’s been given his chance in the Newcastle first team.
Leon Best – in action on Saturday
And on Saturday Leon really scored two good opportunist goals, but one of them was wrongly ruled out because of offside.
All Leon seems to need is an extended run in the first team, as he seems to know his way around that penalty area, and the goal he did score on Saturday was really well taken, as he beat three Arsenal defenders to that loose ball before plonking it home.
And Leon also had an assist when he was brought down for that first penalty, so he could well have had two goals and an assist on Saturday – which is not too bad at all.
In 7 appearances this season for Newcastle, Leon now has 4 goals to his name.
And he seems confident enough that he can do the job for Newcastle, since we lost that young striker last Monday, and we know a lot of the players were just sick of hearing the name of Andy Carroll all last week.
And just think, next Saturday, the lads will all be able to show us what can happen when they play with guts and glory for the full 90 minutes (plus injury time), instead of for just 45 minutes, which they did on Saturday.
Leon talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“It was a hard job, but it shows what Newcastle is about.” “We have Northern Rock on our shirts, you saw the Northern Rock right there – that was us against Arsenal and we showed them what we can do.”
“People may wonder if I can fill the void left by Andy Carroll.” “I’ve been the underdog a lot of times in my life and come out on top. I just need to keep doing that. If I keep scoring it’s good but it’s about the team.”
There are also rumors around that Andy Carroll may be ruled out for the rest of the season, and we never really thought that Newcastle ever got to the bottom of what was wrong with Andy’s thigh – and we never did hear the results from that specialist in Sweden.
And we don’t yet know how serious Leon’s hamstring injury is, although he has been withdrawn from the Ireland side for the mid-week game, and we also hear that young Nile Ranger has been withdrawn from the England U20 side too – presumably in case he gets injured.
But if Nile plays like he did on Saturday in those last 17 minutes, the 19 year-old will soon be playing for the England U21 side – that’s almost a cast iron certainty.
And Nile may also get his first start in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon at Blackburn, and that in itself will be worth seeing.
And with all the injuries Newcastle now have, we are back in our old familiar position at the very top of the Premier League Injury table with 8 injuries.