It’s not surprising that Birmingham City are looking to improve their strike force in the Championship next season.
Leon Best – looked good for Magpies earlier this year
The club suffered their third relegation in just six seasons last month, when they suffered defeat in the last game of the season at Tottenham, and yet this same team will be representing England and in the Europa Cup next season.
They won the Carling Cup by surprisingly beating Arsenal in the final at Wembley, when Arsenal presented them with an open opportunity in the 90th minute, and former Newcastle striker Oba Martins swept the ball into an empty net.
However, Oba was injured for most of this year, and has now returned to Russian club FC Rubin Kazan.
Arsenal committed defensive mistakes far too much last season, and will need to improve their defense this summer, if they are to win more trophies soon.
Birmingham, scored less goals than other team in the Premier League last season, and need to strengthen their striker positions this summer if they are to quickly return to the PL.
So it’s not surprising they are targeting Newcastle’s Leon Best, who scored 6 goals in 12 appearances for the club earlier this year, and seemed to improve his game big time.
At the time, with Andy Carroll having left his home town club, Leon was the best of the remaining strikers, and it’s unlikely Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will let the former Coventry striker leave Tyneside this summer.
Pardew had started to get the best out of Leon (excuse the pun), whose career seemed over, before he started his very first game in the Premier League against West Ham in January, and scored a wonderful hat-trick in that 5-0 thrashing of the Hammers, who were also relegated last month in bottom place.
And the 6’1″ former Southampton striker went on to score some vital goals for the Newcastle side.
So we hope Leon is kept at Newcastle and given another chance to shine up front next season – in the Premier League.