Newcastle United have had a much needed boost with their strikers, as news that Leon Best is ready to lead the line against Blackburn on Saturday afternoon, in a game that is being televised live around the world.
Leon Best – fit for Blackburn game
Newcastle have lost both big local strikers in Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi in the last 9 days, with Gateshead-born Andy Carroll opting to join Liverpool on the very last day of the transfer window, and Shola badly fracturing his cheekbone two days later, which was successfully operated on yesterday.
While it had first been estimated that Shola could be out for two months, the Newcastle Journal was yesterday reporting that the club medics were hoping it would be a lot less than that.
And news from Sky Sports today that experienced 34 year-old 6’2″ Finnish striker is expected to finalize a loan deal to Newcastle through the end of the season, and the announcement of that is expected later this morning.
Best was forced to withdraw from the Ireland squad who defeated Wales 3-0 this week, after picking up a hamstring strain very late in the game last Saturday, in which Newcastle’s never-say-die players came back from 4-0 down with just 23 minutes remaining against Arsenal, to snatch an incredible 4-4 draw.
It seems that Newcastle will now have four fit strikers available for the game at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, which is followed by another tough game at Birmingham City next Tuesday night.
Alan Pardew will choose from Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands, 19 year-old Nile Ranger and new loan signing Shefki Kuqi, and we would hope that Shola could return within about four weeks, although verification of that is still to come from the club.