After Leon Best scored his great goal on Tuesday night, you could just tell he was absolutely delighted and he got a tremendous reception from the Newcastle fans behind the goal – and Leon was absolutely thrilled.
Leon Best – after scoring with great header on Tuesday
Newcastle’s Assistant manger John Carver, who we hope will sign a long-term contract with the club soon, has talked about Leon today:
“He hasn’t got a Shearer or Cole record at the moment, but he’s made a great start to Premier League life with five in seven at Newcastle and at this club.”
“It’s a starting point that can be built on and, if we keep creating the chances and he keeps taking them, it’s going to be great for him.” “He’s 24, and what a great age to be.”
“I was banging on Chris Hughton’s door to get Besty on loan this season because I rate him so highly.” “He didn’t want to come to Sheff United because he felt he’d been on loan already in his career and wanted to knuckle down and carve out a career.”
“It couldn’t have worked out better because now I’m working with him day-in day-out.”
Best has proved a few of his doubters wrong, including us, after his fantastic hat-trick against West Ham and his excellent second half performance against Arsenal.
He had a great game on Tuesday night, where he really looked the part in a black and white shirt, as he won header after header against the Birmingham defense, and scored with a great effort.
John Carver seems to understand Leon a bit as he continued:
“He’s very much his own man and doesn’t take much notice of what’s in the papers or what people will say – he’s very, very strong like that.” “He’s focused on his own game and he’s got a fresh start.” “He’s got a big opportunity for a young player and it’s a case of how far he takes it.”
“For all the strikers it is a massive opportunity now – especially Leon, Nile and Peter.” “I said to Besty what a big chance this is for him, and he knows that.” “He’s scored again against decent opposition on Tuesday.”
“I told him again last night ‘it’s in your hands’ in terms of establishing himself as a mainstay striker at Newcastle.”
Those are good words from John, and of course Leon will have to try to play his normal game too, because you can try too hard in games.
But it’s clear the 24 year-old knows he now has a massive opportunity to keep knocking those goals in this season, and if he can do that and help Newcastle to a great run-in to the season, he will become a big favorite on Tyneside.
And that’s always something worth striving for!