Newcastle have not been successful in bringing either Kevin Gameiro or Mevlut Erdinc to Tyneside this summer.
Leon Best – deserves another season to prove himself?
There may still be a chance to get Erdinc on Tyneside yet, but the chances do not appear to be too good.
But Newcastle did get free agent Demba Ba in, and now Newcastle have Ba, Ameobi, Best and Lovenkrands as strikers, assuming that Nile Ranger is on his way to Blackpool.
Local lad Amble-born Phil Airey is one young striker who may also be in the first team squad this season, if he is not sent out on loan.
With the play of Leon Best this year, in which he scored 6 good goals in 12 appearances for Newcastle, and looked to be improving, we think if Newcastle could keep Best next seaosn at the club, those strikers would be good enough for Newcastle next season.
That’s especially true given that Alan Pardew will play the great Ben Arfa as a withdrawn striker in quite a few of the games, a position that Kevin Nolan played in the last couple of seasons.
Knowing that Pardew was going to play Ben Arfa in that position was probably why captain Kevin Nolan skipped Tyneside last month, after talking so much about how great things were at Newcastle.
It was a shock that Kevin even moved to a second division side, even though he still had two years left on a £50K/week contract at Newcastle, and he could have become a free agent after those two years at the club.
We think Kevin put two and two together and realized his place in the side was in all likelihood under threat next season, and we probably right about that too.
So while we wouldn’t mind seeing another top striker brought in, if Leon Best stays at Newcastle, we look to be well equipped in the striker department.
What do you think?
And here’s a poll to see if readers think Leon Best deserves another season at Newcastle.
Does Leon Best Deserve One More Season To Prove Himself At Newcastle?
- Yes (79%, 2,297 Votes)
- No (15%, 430 Votes)
- Not Sure (6%, 167 Votes)
Total Voters: 2,891
Comments always welcome.