Leon Best is getting some good publicity these days, and he deserves it for becoming Newcastle’s major goal-scorer since Andy Carroll left Tyneside for Merseyside.
Leon Best – 6 goals in 12 total appearances
And Leon has hardly had the luck as he’s had a couple of good goals disallowed and gone so close on other occasions, and he;s really starting to look the part for Newcastle with another good goal against Everton last Saturday.
And Leon even had another one disallowed in the second half that would have god Newcastle another vital point.
Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie has 10 goals this year so Leon is not too far behind with 6 goals, and he could have had more if decisions hadn’t gone against him.
This is what Leon told the official site today:
“It’s a funny game and I’m privileged to be behind someone like Van Persie, who has been in amazing form,” “It gives me a lot of confidence and belief in myself to just carry on striking.””I could have even more goals.”
“I’ve had a goal that was perfectly alright disallowed against Arsenal, a penalty at Arsenal, an effort which was only stopped from going in by a great block from David Wheater against Bolton.”
“And obviously my header against Everton disallowed for a supposed push, which was very clever play by Phil Jagielka.” “I said to him afterwards that I didn’t touch him and he gave me the ‘experience’ shout! It was very, very good defending from him.”
“So that could be nine goals, and I definitely should be on seven with the Arsenal one which was chalked off, but those things happen in football.” “I do feel like I’m getting chances in every game.”
“Obviously, I’m in the Premiership and it’s a matter of scoring with as few chances as I can and taking each chance that I can.” “That will come with experience and I’m working on my finishing every day in training, so hopefully I can continue scoring and taking my chances as they come.”
“I think the hat-trick set me up nicely and gave me the confidence and the belief in myself that I needed,” said the 24-year-old, who expects to be fit for Newcastle’s game at Stoke despite picking up a knock to his calf against Everton.”
“Last year, it was hard coming in. There were a lot of strikers in front of me and they were scoring, so maybe if I didn’t take a chance straight away it would play on my mind a bit more than I would at the moment.”
“Now I’m just very confident. I’m loving playing and I’m loving scoring at the minute – and I believe I can keep doing that.”
Leon asked for his chance from Alan Pardew and we’ll never forget the performance he gave in early January on his first start in the Premier League, and that hat-trick against West Ham in the 5-0 win, which was crustal at the time for the Magpies.
Kevin Nolan had always said that Newcastle fans didn’t know Leon, and that he had worked his socks off to overcome his injuries since he’s been on Tyneside, and Kevin seems to have been right because Leon’s now doing a good job for Newcastle, there’s little doubt about that.
And we also have to remember that Leon, who was born in Nottingham, is still just 24, and can still improve his game, and he is a hard and willing worker in training.
And if Leon can keep scoring those goals in the last 9 games, he’s got 6 goals in 11 appearances and 10 starts so far, he will have a future on Tyneside, and that’s exactly what he wants.
Keep scoring those goals Leon – please.