Leon Best has told the local Newcastle press today that he is fighting for his place at Newcastle.
Leon Best – improved this year big time
That’s good to hear because we were really surprised that Alan Pardew put Leon Best up for sale a month or so ago.
That was after the 24 year-old former Coventry City striker hit 6 goals in just 12 appearances this year, and he did extremely well and scored some very good goals, and was also complimented by the manager for his excellent play.
And not only that that, but he was also forming a good relationship with the fans, as Leon was showing he has a great fighting attitude and a great temperament.
In our poll that was put out on 11th July, we asked whether Newcastle should give Best another season in which to prove himself and here were the results:
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
So the results of our poll jibe with what Leon is hearing from the local fans in Newcastle, who seem to be backing him to stay on Tyneside.
Best was today speaking from the Newcastle training base at Swope Park in Kansas today:
“When I’m out with my missus, or at the Metro Center, the feedback I get off the fans is that they don’t want me to go.”
“They want me to stay and that I deserve another chance.“ “It’s a matter of keeping fit and injury-free, and fighting for my place.”
“I’ve been in this position time and time again. I’ve got to look back at last season for confidence.”
“I think people know I can do it in the Premier League now, and it’s about fighting for my position.”
“There’s a new striker in who I already get on very well with, and I’d be delighted to play alongside him, or fight him for a place.”
“Competition for places brings the best out of a team – I’ve always believed that.”
And Best has surprisingly said the weather over here is lovely, it’s close to 100 degrees F with very high humidity.
That means that when you are outside, which is not a good place to be in mid-day and the afternoon, you sweat an awful lot and lose a lot of fluids.
The American footballers have had trouble in the past, training in this hot dangerous weather, and you have to drink lots and lots of fluids and make sure you don’t get heat stroke.
In short it’s dangerous weather to be exerting yourself.
“It’s lovely weather and beautiful facilities, so we can concentrate and work hard while we’re here.”
“It’s about putting your body through a lot of stress, but when you’re doing it in a nice environment it makes it that tiny bit easier.”
“I think we need to find out a bit more about each other, and this is what it’s about.”
“What you’ve got to maintain out here is getting a lot of fluids. It’s very, very hot, but you want the heat over the rain.”
“It’s beautiful, and we just need to keep working hard and remember what it’s about.”
“It’s about getting fit and getting ready for the first game.”
We hope Leon gets a chance tomorrow night against Sporting Kansas to show what he can do leading the line, but it could be that new boy Demba Ba makes his debut for Newcastle, at least in a friendly game.
It will also be hot and humid tomorrow night, because all the heat of the day will still be lingering in the evening, so it will be tough weather for the lads to play in.
A win would be great, but it will not be easy, because there’s no doubt that Sporting Kansas will want to add the Newcastle scalp to that of Manchester United, whom they beat last summer 2-1 in the same stadium.