Ankle Operation Is The Right Thing To Do With Best

On a day when I wrote that that Jose Enrique was a Frenchman, I had better not walk under any ladders – that’s for sure. 😀

Leon Best – got the job done with 6 goals in 10 PL games

And I’m meeting one of by best friends for lunch today, and Peter just so happens to be an out-and-out Sunderland supporter, born and bred there – and was brought over to the US by IBM in the 1970s.

I’ll try to go easy on him, kind of, with just 1 point from their last 7 games.

The news was not good yesterday when we heard that Leon Best will have an ankle operation on Friday in London, and will therefore be out for the rest of the season.

This is what the Newcastle manager told the local Newcastle press about the 6 goal striker today:

“I had an inkling last week all was not well. It’s best to get him right and ready to rumble next season.”“We’ve also got Stephen Ireland, though he’s ineligible for Aston Villa.”

“People might think he’s been here since January and not done anything, but he’s trained well and the team’s trained well.” “I think we’ve got more than enough to see us through to the season finish. Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands have played brilliantly, both of them.”

“Chieck Tiote will be back for Manchester United, but we’re a little short for Villa. Jose Enrique trained yesterday and I don’t think he’ll be a problem for Villa.”

“We’ve lost James Perch, as well, but Ryan Taylor comes in. It’s unlucky for James, because he had a chance of starting at the weekend.” ” He’s disappointed, but he’ll get another opportunity.”

It seems to us that Alan rates James Perch, and it seems he may have played the former Nottingham Forest player this Sunday, but in what position we have no idea.

And it’s much better to have Leon Best fixed up properly, even if  he now misses the rest of the season, and not do what the club unfortunately did last season.

Danny Simpson played on an injured ankle for a few games at the end of the season, and the former Manchester United player was then out of action until October, after he had his ankle operation.

So although Newcastle will be missing Leon Best for 7 games, it’s definitely the right and sensible thing to do.

We expect Ryan Taylor to start on Sunday at Villa Park, and presumably the first Newcastle fans will see Stephen Ireland could be on Tuesday, 19th April, in the home game against Manchester United.

That seems an easy three points – right there. 😀

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • AndyMac

    Apr 7, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #1

    “Ankle Operation Is The Right Thing To Do With Best”

    Yeah lets get him fit so we can sell him just like the rest of the underperformers who struck gold while putting on a black and white shirt.

    Lets not kid ourselves Best is a Championship level striker (yes I saw the hat trick he scored against West Ham but they were worse than poor that night) and shouldnt be anywhere near this squad let alone the first team.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Apr 7, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Careful Andymac!!
    Your opinion will be constrewed as tooo negative and you shall be stoned at dawn!!

    Burni, Stuart and ALIENthingy person, shall be awaiting with bricks in hand…………NO I said bricks!!

  • Stuart

    Apr 7, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    No Angryman, its you that has the one man crusade to make everyone miserable.

    This site must be the only place in the world where the bad guy is the one trying to be positive lol.

  • shearermania

    Apr 7, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #4

    angryman – legend

  • Alinufc

    Apr 7, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #5

    its says in the article that he was gonna play perch in DM… was he high when he was in this interview? whart bout cool there saylor in his place… second page

  • Davies

    Apr 7, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Haha – Best is okay, but I think he’ll have a very peripheral role next season, whem, hopefully, the manager gets some new toys to play with.

    I’d say we definitely noticed his absence against Stoke, as the opportunities we created were wasted without a finisher there. That game would have been very different with Best on the pitch, in my opinion.

  • Thump

    Apr 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Best is never going to be a number 9, nor is he going to be banging in 30 goals a season, but he can do a job and has stepped up to the mark when we needed him most and that’s the important thing.

    He’s also most certainly not a championship level striker, he’s proved he can go a cut above, but he isn’t quite premiership either. He’s in the unfortunate position of living in the middle ground.

  • Sav

    Apr 8, 2011 at 4:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Well whatever ground he’s living in, lets not knock the guy too harshly as long as he’s a toon player. he has a whole summer to go before he can get out playing again and I’ve more respect for him now than I had when we signed him. If he can keep improving, who knows?
    But until we sell him, keep off his back.

  • Jan Stavik

    Apr 9, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Best is no Messi or Cronaldo, but he’s tall, strong and hard working. On his day he’s a handful, I’d be happy to see him as one of 5 strikers for next season.

    We really need a new set of strikers though, I’m getting quite tired of Shola already. He’s not that bad, but he’s not going to improve much either. We need a new 1st striker, we can’t rely on Ameobi, Lovenkrands etc one more season.

    Actually our side is fairly strong apart from upfront (and goalie, Given in the summer?). I’d take Elmander for free in the summer, and spend 10m for a good striker in addition to him. Then we have Elmander, mr X, Shola, Best and Ranger. Suddenly we’ve got a strike force.


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