Leon Best has looked a very decent player for Newcastle in 2011, as he has finally been given his chance to show what he can do for the Newcastle United club.
Leon Best – scoring with great header at Birmingham
And he seems to be taking his chance, and has 5 goals in his first 10 appearances for the club this season (all this year), not too bad at all, and he’s also scored some good opportunist goals for the side.
And even on Saturday when he didn’t score, he went so close at least twice in the first half, and one effort in particular was only inches wide of the post, and it would have been a great goal if he had some luck, and the ball had gone in off the post.
But Newcastle had no luck again on Saturday, when everything seemed to conspire against them winning the game. 🙁
We have to say we were surprised at how good Leon looked in those first 35 minutes on Saturday, as Alan Pardew seems to be getting the very best of out Leon (sorry for the pun – I just couldn’t resist).
One of these days, the Nottingham-born player is going to smash them in like he did against West Ham, and possibly get another hat-trick.
But like any player learning the game, he has to keep his form and his hunger up week in and week out, and he cannot disappear in games.
Alan Pardew seems to have been delighted not only at the way Leon has played this year, but also with his attitude, as the lad wants to learn and improve, and Pardew is said to be one of the best coaches of strikers around.
Well he says he is anyway. 😀
This is what Alan told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Leon Best had his best game for us so far against Bolton.” “He didn’t score, but he was terrific.”
“His movement was great and that made him better in my eyes than he was against West Ham when he got three.”
“If he keeps playing like that then it bodes well for him.” “He got the chances, but more importantly he created some of them himself. I was very pleased with him.”
Leon started his career at Southampton back in 2004, and has played at QPR, Sheffield Wednesday, Bournemouth and Yeovil on loan, before moving permanently to Coventry in 2007.
He joined Newcastle just over a year ago from Coventry City, and has played 23 times with 5 goals for the Magpies, and in his career so far, he has 196 first class club games with 47 goals, and has also played 7 times for Ireland.
Leon qualifies to play for Ireland through his mother, who was born in Bluebell, which is a small suburb of Dublin.
We hope Leon can keep improving, and of course it’s all now about how many goals he can score for Newcastle over the remainder of the season, and he’s starting to look the part.
It’s just a massive opportunity for Leon Best right now, and the lad seems determined to take it – with both feet.
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