Leon Best Back Saturday – Will He Be Newcastle’s Hero?


Some good news from Alan Pardew today is that he is confident that Leon Best will be able to play against Wolves this coming Saturday.

Leon Best back against Wolves – more goals from Leon?

Leon picked up an ankle injury just before the Stoke game,  and Newcastle looked toothless in attack in that game, even though the lads were moving forward all the time in that second half.

And Leon thankfully was withdrawn from the Irish squad last week, in case the ankle was hampered,  and that was good news for Newcastle fans.

But we feel a little sorry for Wolves, in that one of their main men, Kevin Doyle, could be out for the season, with the knee injury he picked up playing for Ireland in their 2-1 win against Macedonia.

Newcastle have not had too much luck this season, and neither has Mick McCarthy at Wolves, that’s for sure.

Alan Pardew said this today about Newcastle’s Nottingham-born striker:

“We think Leon will be okay for the weekend, he’s had an injection and it’s just a case of letting it settle down. I think the international games were a bit too soon, but we’re fairly confident he will fine for Wolves. It’s an important game for us.”

“We missed him at Stoke, you could see that in our attacking play at times. We had periods were we put them under pressure and looked the better side, even if the final scoreline does not reflect that, but we didn’t really trouble their goalkeeper enough.”

“Leon has been getting the goals for us recently and he’s been an important player.”  “He gives us something in and around the area that perhaps we didn’t have at Stoke.” “He has responded well to the challenge he’s been given.”

Leon was caught in a nightclub the Friday night before the shocking Stoke defeat, along with Stephen Ireland and Stephen Folan, but the more you look at that incident, the less serious it looks, and the lads were not even drinking and only briefly visited the nightclub.

If that’s the worst thing that happens at Newcastle off the pitch these days,  it’s not too bad, but of course with the terrible defeat at Stoke that Saturday, Newcastle fans were not too happy to begin with, and it didn’t go over well with them.

Leon has done great this year with 6 goals in 11 appearances, and it’s good to hear that Alan Pardew expects him to get better, and remember Leon is just over two years older than Andy Carroll, and the Irishman is said to be as keen as mustard to get better at Newcastle.

Alan continued:

“Leon can still get better and he knows that, there are areas of his game he needs to work on, but he does give us a threat. He has grown in confidence during this run in the side and the goals have helped.”

“He has proven he can score goals in the Premier League and we need that to continue.”

We’ve said before that Leon can become an unlikely hero at Newcastle this season, by notching those goals that can get Newcastle to safety, because most other things look quite positive at the moment.

If he can fill in for the missing Andy Carroll this season, he will have done quite a job for the club and for himself too.

The news on the transfer front seems good, if we are to believe yesterday’s news that significant progress with some potential signings has been made by the club over the last couple of weeks, and Hatem Ben Arfa returns to Newcastle for first team training next Monday.

The Frenchman deserves a huge welcome back to Tyneside, for all he’s gone through these last six months, and he’s kept a positive frame of mind too.

Even if he doesn’t play this season,  he’ll  be like a new player in pre-season, and so will Dan Gosling, once he gets over his troublesome ACL knee injury, which happened almost a year ago now, and his return has been beset with problems – unfortunately.

Things could be looking up for Newcastle in the summer, but first things first, and we need a win this Saturday.

Comments welcome.



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12 comments so far

  • sammydolan

    Mar 28, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    A lot riding on this kid… step up or step out of St. James… it is as simple as that….

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 28, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #2

    the fact that we do not have proven PL goal scroer leading the line is incompetent management at all levels
    it is not best’s fault – he has his chance and appears to be taking it reasonably well, good luck to him – but he is not by a million miles the CF we need. Even if he does well we all know he will be replaced in the summer.
    as for shola – he has had 4 years worth of chances and can only be regarded as a trusty reserve
    lovens was a freebie emergency standby two years ago – why is he still here? at least he is higher up the order than this years freebie emergency standby!
    ranger & xisco? I don’t think we have the full story with these two – but ranger sould be an established supersub by now
    AC – history, but if liverpool were so desperate and it was too late to get a replacement why on earth did we not ask for a loan for the rest of the season?

    to sum up – a cock up
    the last blog asked “things at NUFC totaly different from two years ago”? – well in many way yes – but when it comes to strikers NO – it is worse, and we can not blame bad luck. and it is the problem at the heart of our troubles

    good luck bestie – we need you, but the club will not be loyal to you

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  • daneevz

    Mar 28, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Best will provide what we need on match day ! ive grown to like the striker and he’ll be a boost we need infront of goal!! 2-o toon sat Best and think barton will bag a penalty!

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  • ganiyu

    Mar 28, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    ed i must say that newcastle should not buy taye taiwo or any other nigerian player cos they we rubbish against ethiopia even though they won.
    I reccommend we get ikechukwu uche from zaragoza.he is cheap and scored 2 last night.

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  • jamesnufc86

    Mar 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Supemac i dont think best will be replaced in the summer, 6 goals in 11 games is a great record for anybody, he certainly puts the likes of Drogba+ Torres to shame with a record like that, if Leon can keep banging the goals in i could see him keeping his place, and why not? he really has surprised me with how skillful he is and he has a decent amount of pace, score for saturday 3-1 best “13 “42 “64 ha ha

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  • WWJBD

    Mar 28, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #6

    i dont think best will be replaced, i think the search is more for a partner for him now rather than a replacement. since being given a chance he has shown he can cut it at this level, can improve and has a point to make.

    but maybe cos am a fan of the lad haha

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  • lewisnufc

    Mar 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #7

    ganiyu ‘ed i must say that newcastle should not buy taye taiwo or any other nigerian player’ … but you recommend we buy uche? isnt he nigerian haha..

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  • beefman13

    Mar 28, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Leon now is your big chance to show WHEN it matters most you can deliver, i believe you can given the ammunition, a few seasons ago our forward line of owen martins and viduka crumbled under the pressure, a lot of folk now have faith in you, show us all what you are capable of on saturday and lift the toon nation out of the relegation fears.

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  • tom tomb

    Mar 28, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Lets hope he gets to kip earlier than the last game! He was in Pegswood at 05.30 am on the sat morning(sober). Know he was injured but it makes you think!

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  • Klatoon

    Mar 28, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Leon’s record is very good especially when you look at some of the other teams’ main strikers. I can see him getting into double figures this season (and yeah,thats with only 8 games left). He is one a few players that shd definitely still be here next season

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  • dave 1961

    Mar 28, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #11

    he has scored in 4 of 11 games not good rate so he needs replacing. Mr offside.

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  • superclivemendonca

    Mar 28, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Agree with most of the posts here. dave 1961, do you think before you type?
    Mr Offside?? Leon plays just on the offside line. Defenders hate that. He is quick and has a good first touch. He has scored at least 1 wrongly chalked off for offside. He is also young, hungry and comitted. 4 in 11 in his first season in the PL! But you might be right, unless he costs £35m he must be shite.
    Give your head a shake.
    Leon, Leon Best.
    Leon, Leon Best

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