Leon Best Proving His Doubters Wrong – Good For Him


When one door closes another opens,  and when Andy Carroll left his home town club, where he said he was living the dream,  to get huge wages at Liverpool, and presumably start living a richer dream, Leon Best came into the side  and has done the job so far for the Newcastle club.

Leon Best – in action against Everton

Leon Best was on hand again on Saturday afternoon, exactly where he should have been, to easily head home a simple goal to put Newcastle ahead, albeit against the run of play against Everton.

But alas, the Newcastle defending was then pathetic, and we gave away two poor goals in the following 13 minutes, and could never get back on level terms, and suffered another home defeat, our 5th in the league this season.

That was Leon’s sixth goal in a total of 12 appearances for Newcastle this season, and it put him level on goals with Shola Ameobi as Newcastle’s 3rd top scorer, behind  captain Kevin Nolan and the departed Andy Carroll on 11 goals each.

Alan Pardew, who prides himself on his coaching skills of strikers, said today:

“I wouldn’t say I have been surprised, but I am pleased for him because the feeling was that he was going to leave the club from a lot of people, including people within the club.”

“He has answered a few critics in the short spell he has had.”

“But of course, there are still another nine games to go and he needs to keep on where he is and make sure he is at the level at which he has been playing for the last few games, which has been terrific.”

Leon was unlucky not to get the Newcastle equalizer, after he headed home nicely in the second half, but he was said to have pushed center-back Phil Jagielka.

Leon has started to look the part at the Newcastle club and is a mkuch better header of the ball than we had realized, but it;s also true what Alan says – that he still had to produce over the last 9 games of the season.

But if Leon can get into double figures in goals this season, he will have become a much more valuable commodity at the Newcastle club, than he was at the end of last year.

It’s great to see players come through at the Tyneside club, and while we didn’t think he would make it on Tyneside, he’s starting to prove us wrong – and good for him!

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76 comments so far

  • Widowmaker

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Leon is doing really well. Not sure how many here would agree with me, but he is like a poor man’s Inzaghi to me. maybe more airal power? 🙂

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  • Drona

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #2

    liking the new look of the website, haha

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  • Sinner

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Woah!!New layout! :0

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  • GAZ09

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #4

    i guess he is doing ok, only thing though if you take away the 3 goals against west ham hes record doesnt look too good

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Drona, so it’s not my PC playing up. Don’t like the banner, makes me hungry.

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  • samag

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Like the new designs ed.

    Best must push on!

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  • Vinicinhos

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #7

    New Layout, good!

    I thought that I went to another website when I see this new layout =)

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #8

    And you have to scroll all the way back up to the top to go to the next post…

    … If there is one. Na doesn’t suit my laziness… !

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  • Vinicinhos

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Best isn’t the forward that I dream, but he is good, and surprising me.

    But to next season, I want another striker.

    Can be Matt Fryatt? I like him.

    And Andre, former Santos, in Dynamo Kiev loaned to Bordeaux?

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #10

    GAZ09, you been studying Bobby Robson quotes?

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  • Sinner

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Seems like everyone has their own unique pokemon!! 🙂

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Just call me spike 🙁

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  • Drona

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #13

    haha @ GAZ09 post. That’s good stuff

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  • PHOENIXNIGHTS

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #14

    GAZ09 – I feel for Best he is going to get hammered no matter what he does. You cannot take his three goals away from him against the Hammers(and good goals they were too)so where does that staement come from? Also think where we would be if we did not have him at the moment.
    Keep the Faith.

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  • fungus44

    Mar 8, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #15

    why pepole get at leon for i don,t know he,s come in to the side and is doing a great job ,we have to remember it,s his first time in the premreship so he not doing that bad i don,t think but then i not a coach only a fan with his own opinion

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #16

    WHAT THE HELL WENT ON IN HERE?

    Ed, What have you done to the place?

    Can we customise our forum to get rid of some of the clutter you have added??

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #17

    I don’t wear glasses

    I’m pleased for Best – but there will always be a but – In our guts we know he is not a top class PL striker of international class & nor is shola
    we need a class no.9 asap and we can’t afford to waste time – it’s as simple as that
    HWTL

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  • skutball1892

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #18

    He must be doing something right if we chant his name, we don’t just sing about anyone (Perch for example) it even took us a while to sing Carroll’s name….

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #19

    oh, and the posts are not numbered any more which is inconvenient

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  • G

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #20

    @ supermacnumber 9. You may not wear glasses mate, but at least your avatar doesn’t have a face and expression of a blow-up sex doll!

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  • burnsie

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #21

    ooooo, oooooooo, oooooooo whats my icon, whats my icon???!!!!! cant wait for this……..

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  • G

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #22

    @ burnsie. Patrick Moore having a heart attack apparently?

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  • Sinner

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #23

    @burnsie:
    Better not,its really ugly! 🙁

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  • burnsie

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #24

    oooooo, ooooooo, ooooooo i have a moniclejellyfacemonsterblob one!!!!!! GOTTA CATCH EM ALL………JELLYHEADS!!!!

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #25

    G – if thats a sex doll there’s no way it will ever give me a h##d on! but…. the may just be someone out there…..

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  • G

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #26

    supermacnumber9, I am quite relieved that my avatar will never be responsible for your erection mate! The expression on my icon looks very like something that we superglued a mate to on stag weekend in Amsterdam some years ago, although, it wasn’t blue (coloured anyway!) and had some hair.

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #27

    brilliant! cheered me up no end – now I think stoke 0 NUFC 3
    HWTL

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  • Mag 48

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #28

    Compare Best with Torres,Drogba,and Rooney over there last 9 games. Given also the service and teams they are playing in. Also in the case of Rooney Refs help LOL

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #29

    Just posting to see what my Spacejam alien looks like…..

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Rain man… 🙁

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  • DarloGeordie

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #31

    I’m just posting to see what icon i got haha.

    Hope Besty keeps up the good worn n all

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  • DarloGeordie

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #32

    hmmm

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  • Sinner

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #33

    🙁

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  • G

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #34

    That didn’t last long Ed?

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #35

    Ed? 🙁

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #36

    As you where…. ?

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #37

    were.

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  • G

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #38

    Quite pleased the numbers are back to be honest Ed. Makes it easier to post a reply without accidentally starting a confused argument.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #39

    I was all over the place to see if there was anywhere where I could change my avatar…

    … Bloody waste of time that was weren’t it… ?

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  • ToonAndy

    Mar 8, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #40

    Leon is improving all the time… But he’s a squad player at best… We need atleast 2 maybe 3 strikers in the summer!

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