Leon Best Optimistic About Next Season


Newcastle’s Ireland International striker Leon best is now fully fit again and raring to go next season.

Leon Best scores great header against Birmingham

Leon came in from the cold in January in rather sensational style, when in his very first Premier League start he hit a hat-trick at home against West Ham United.

And he went on to score 6 goals in 12 appearances for the Magpies, with 9 of those being starts.

He was able to help Newcatsle cope with the loss of big striker Andy Carroll in January,  and before he went down with an ankle ligament injury, he had looked the best of the remaining Newcastle strikers.

There was also news this morning that Birmingham are interested in Leon, but we expect Alan Pardew will keep the 24 year-old at Newcastle and hope he will improve further next season.

Leon  showed significant improvement under Alan Pardew earlier this year, and has 6 goals in a total of 25 appearances for Newcastle so far.

And why would Leon want to move back to the Championship and Birmingham City,  when he has proved he can score goals in England’s top league?

Leon also showed terrific character this year as most of us had already written him off when he hadn’t scored for Newcastle through last year.

And Best was even becoming a favorite with the Newcastle fans, as he scored some very good goals for the side.

This is what Leon told the local Newcastle press corps today:

“The season ended at a bad time for me – just when I was coming back to fitness.” “Everybody will get their chance to impress in pre-season.”“

I can’t wait to go to America in pre-season, it will be good for me and good for the team.” “Long trips are always a team booster. It will do us all good to get out there and we’ll all enjoy the trip.”

“I trained towards the end of the season and obviously played in the last game, and things were very good.” “It was a great way to end the season after some injury problems.”

“Now I just want to be ready for next season.” “I just want to be in the right frame of mind, getting fit and challenging for the team again.”

Best had big injury problems last season, and they were to do with his ankle ligaments, and an operation was nectar on the ankle in April, after the usual injections finally failed to work.

And Leon  was not expected back last season, but he did come on in the second half in the last game of the season against WBA.

Hopefully, those problems with that ankle are now over, and he can have an injury-free season next time around.

Best continued:

“There was floating bone in there meaning I had to get injections before games after coming back.” “But in March the injection didn’t really work so I had to go for the op to get it sorted out.”

“I have proved to myself, and others, that I can score in this league.” “It’s really about staying fit and continuing that.” “I may not have played a lot of games, but when I did play I was in the goals.”

“Whenever anybody is in doubt I can look back at it and gain confidence from it.” “We can only add to what we have already achieved, that is certainly the aim.

“Maybe we can even aim a bit higher. We can only be optimistic at this club.”

It will be really interesting to see if Leon can continue his improvement on Tyneside, and even though new strikers will arrive in the summer, this lad could still get plenty of games for Newcastle next season – we hope so.

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581 comments so far

  • ochytoon

    Jun 3, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #1

    First finally

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  • NottsGeordie

    Jun 3, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #2

    1st

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  • NottsGeordie

    Jun 3, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #3

    NOOOO!!!! I was leading down the last staright but ochytoon got in my sliptream, got out the DRS and pipped me to the finish line :'(

    Oh well i’ll take the 18 points 🙂

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 3, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #4

    I really rate this lad and hope he stays fit next season. He may not be our lone striker but there will be points where we play with 2 up front and he deserves that spot imo

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  • NottsGeordie

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #5

    I agree. We dont need to sign to top strikers because we have Best. Then unfortunatley Shola as the 3rd Lovenkrands as the 4th then maybe loan out Ranger to a top championship team or a newly promoted premiership team.

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  • DanNUFC

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #6

    who are the Ivory Coast playing this week? i cant find their fixture anywhere but people are saying Gervinho will announce his decision after their match???

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Yeah Id be happy with 1 top striker and someone like Long or that asian kid Carr was scouting then we would have 5 strikers and Airey can go out on loan and Ranger can as well or be sold to 50 Cent

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #8

    does anybody know if the france game is on espn 2moro nyt ???

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  • ollietoon

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #9

    DanNUFC

    Ivory Coast are playing Benin in Sunday you can find it in the Fifa site.

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Sigh… ever since the crash, the team havent been able to get my car back at its BEST. (see what i did there?)

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  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #11

    I can’t believe people think best is good enough, third or fourth choice at best. We need two decent strikers.

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  • MattCastle90

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #12

    is it possible to watch the france/ ivory coast games and if so where/what channel?

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #13

    “craigcoozy craig
    Yes player is but in room!!”

    Craigcoozy,

    Open the door a wee bit and take a peak at the player!!

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Wonder why the france game isnt being televised…

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  • Andy

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Will it not be on euro sport or something? are gameiro and cabaye starting?

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  • Phatoon

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #16

    The France vs China game on Saturday is on British Eurosport (as the the Portugal vs Ivory Coast game on Sunday).

    However, the Ukraine vs France game is on ESPN on Monday night.

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  • grumpy_old_sod y isnt he good enuf, he scores goals, works hard, holds ball realy well, you know wat a think sum fans are only happy with big named foriegn players tbh, best has 6 goals (shuda bin 8) in 9 starts yet people still prefer gameiro even tho hes cum out n sed he prefers spain when he was asked about interest from us and spain

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Its not televised over in Singapore…

    wanted to see cabaye play…

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  • Phatoon

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #19

    *(as is the Portugal vs Ivory Coast game on Sunday)

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #20

    ano im near sure i seen the france game advertised on espn???
    need to know for sure, before my misses starts making plans,to watch some crap.lol.

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  • MattCastle90

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #22

    THANK YOU PHATOON BOTH GAMES ON EUROSPORT, (IM NOT MAD JUST LAZY LOL)

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  • Andy

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #23

    I was tearing my hair out at best in a few games this season. Blackburn jumps to my mind straight away, he missed a bag full of chances but it’s his first involvement in the prem and you can’t really argue with his stats. He is great playing against the diddy teams of this league which is shown by his hat-trick against WH

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #24

    happy days then,england match then the france match.
    my bird wont be happy about that haha

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  • * shuda bin eight in 9 *

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  • MattCastle90

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #26

    HAHA MY BIRD WONT HAVE A CHOICE LOL, ANYONE KNOW WHAT TIME THERES R ON LOL

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  • my missus wants to watch the france match lol,, shes french so am sorted lol

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #28

    jesus your lucky,you have to claim the remote the day before before the match in my house.lol.

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  • Andy

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #29

    What games are on this weekend? What time? What day? :s

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  • MattCastle90

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #30

    lol ok, if you could have any player from the EPL whos not one of our “targets” and not in the big 4 who would it be?

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #31

    birds ask 2 many questions when the match is on

    they should be seen, and not heard. haha

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  • Andy

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #32

    Modric. Without a doubt, the guy is a little genius

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  • DanNUFC

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #33

    cheers ollietoon

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  • ochytoon

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #34

    @matt

    Titus Bramble or Lee Catermole 😉

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  • JUGGALO TOON ™

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #35

    I don’t know if I’m late with this news but craigcoozy sai on Twitter that it wasn’t him on the blog earlier but there is a player in the hotel room.

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  • Andy

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #36

    belfast i totally agree! It’s even worse when they get annoyed because you start shouting at the tv mid conversation.

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  • walcott for me,, nly 21 aswell

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #38

    baines,if enrique leaves.

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  • MattCastle90

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #39

    lol @ ochytoon

    its hard i dont know who id pick but i think modric is overrated

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #40

    If birmingham offer 5-6mill for the Lad. I say SOLD!.

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