Leon Best could start on the bench against West Brom tomorrow afternoon, in the last game of the season.
Leon Best – good chance to become a success next season
Leon has only just returned form his ankle operation and he trained this week and could be ready to play a part tomorrow.
Best told the local Newcastle press corps today:
“Being injured came at a bad time for me in March.” “I know I was in form and playing well. I was scoring too.”
“The main thing is I have proved to myself that I can score in the Premier League and I just need to get myself fit and continue it.”
“I didn’t play a lot of games this season but my goals-to-game ratio is very good.” “I can look back at that any time I’m in doubt in the future.”
“Now I just want to get myself as fit as I can and as sharp as I can because I know I can do it.”
Leon scored 6 goals in 11 league games for Newcastle this year, and was one of the Newcatsle players who stepped up to the plate once Andy Carroll sought pastures anew at Liverpool.
Leon seemed to improve in those games, and looked very sharp and indeed he was unlucky not to score even more goals, as he had a perfectly good goal against Arsenal disallowed at St, James’ Park.
“I thought myself that I would have continued scoring if I’d been fit because I definitely had the confidence. I felt great then the ankle came back to haunt me.”
“Hopefully that’s out the way now because there is nothing else that can happen to that ankle, it’s a matter of getting a few minutes on Sunday then getting ready for next season.”
“I’ve been training for the last few days.” “The first day I struggled, but yesterday, the day before and on Friday have been very good.” “Hopefully I might even get on the bench tomorrow.” “It would be a great way for me to end the season.”
“It would get me ready for next season and get me in the right frame of mind.” “Then I can just concentrate on getting fit again.”
Best ruptured his ankle at the start of this season, and that put paid to him making many appearances for the side.
But the injections he had on the ankle simply stopped working last March, and he had a recurrence of the same problem, but now we have to hope that ankle injury is a thing of the past.
Leon talked about the troublesome injury:
“When I ruptured my ankle ligament at the start of the season I must have broken a bone in there and there was some floating bone which was messing with all the ligaments in my tendon.”
“I had to get injections through the season and the last injection didn’t work.” “So it was just a matter of getting the floating bone out. It now feels fine.”
If Leon can show the form next season that he showed earlier in the year, and if he can keep improving, then he could well become a big success on Tyneside.
We liked the look of Leon earlier this year, and he seemed to be rising to the occasion as he scored goal after goal – certainly he looked the part for the Magpies in that stretch of games after some of us had simply written him off at Newcastle.
Leon has now shown he can score goals in the Premier League, and he seems to have an excellent attitude and a burning desire to be a success at Newcastle.
You cannot ask for much more than that from a Newcastle player now, can you?