Since Alan Pardew has come to the club, and since Andy Carroll is no longer at the club and Shola Ameobi is out injured with a depressed cheekbone, it seems that Leon Best in now Newcastle’s number one striker.
Leon Best – top striker right now on Tyneside
And Leon and young Nile Ranger, the two big strikers at Newcastle, now have a huge job to do for the Magpies in the remaining 13 league games of the season.
Leon should have been awarded a second goal on Saturday, but he still has 4 goals in 7 appearances for Newcastle this season so far.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew talked about Best today:
“Leon could have had two goals in the end against Arsenal and the thing I like about him is he keeps going,” “That is what he is all about. He is a strong character and he is not embarrassed by the shirt.”
“It is a tough job he is being asked to do, leading the line for Newcastle United, but he has taken it on and we hope he grows into the role. He didn’t have the best of first halves against Arsenal, but he kept going, that is what we want from him.”
“If he can improve and grow in confidence, we are only going to be better for it.”
Best is expected to lead the line in the important match at Blackburn on Saturday afternoon, despite the hamstring strain that he picked up late in the amazing 4-4 draw with Arsenal last Saturday.
And Alan Pardew also thinks that bringing on Nile Ranger from the bench, is the best use of the striker, and it will be great when Nile gets that first Premier League goal for Newcastle, and he’s been really close several times already.
Pardew talked about the young striker:
“Nile’s two best performances have been when he has come on as a substitute for the last 20 minutes against Liverpool and Arsenal, attacking down that end of the pitch towards the Gallowgate,”
“That is what he is at the moment, an impact player.” “But, we need him to be more than that with the position we are in. Hopefully he is only going to get more professional, and get better and better.”
Alan criticized the professionalism of Nile when he first arrived at the club, but that certainly has not diminished the London lad’s enthusiasm for the game, and when he comes on, he’s an all action striker, who is so quick and powerful.
We think Alan would like to start Nile at some point before the end of the season, but it looks like we’ll have the same strike force as last Saturday, with Best and Lovenkrands starting and Nile coming on as a sub.
And maybe new signing Shefki Kuqi will also get his first game, after signing on loan this morning at Newcastle, until the end of the season.