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And Leon thankfully was withdrawn from the Irish squad last week, in case the ankle was hampered, and that was good news for Newcastle fans.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