We thought it was rather strange when reports came out several weeks ago, that Newcastle striker Leon Best was up for sale.
Leon Best – not on the transfer list
That was after Alan Pardew himself had praised the Coventry-born striker who scored 6 goals in 12 appearances for the Newcastle side earlier in the year.
And Leon looked to be improving all the time, and filled in well after Newcastle had sold Andy Carroll, without having time to bring in a replacement.
And today in the Evening Chronicle Leon says he has been assured of his place in the squad this season by Alan Pardew, and that the news of him leaving was simply paper talk, well you could have fooled us.
So what were all those reports out a few weeks back saying that Leon was on the transfer list for around £4M with Newcastle saying nothing?
Best had a tough time of it last season with ankle injuries, but he looked really good earlier this year, and in his first Premier League start ever, against West Ham in January, he hit a terrific hat-trick.
Best was asked if he wanted to stay on Tyneside:
“Definitely.” “I went to see the manager as soon as I got back from holiday.” “He told me that what was in the papers wasn’t anything to do with him or the club.”
“There was a lot of stuff out there, but it was just paper talk.” “My game is on and I know what I have to do, I just need to get match fit and stay injury-free.”
“Nothing has changed.” “New strikers will come in but that is healthy competition.” “Successful teams have strikers fighting for competition.”
“Scoring at St James’ Park is a great buzz and I hope to continue that this season.”
It’s a wonder that Alan Pardew didn’t clarify things about Leon, because we were wondering why the heck he was selling Leon.
And in our poll on whether Best deserved another season on Tyneside, these were the overwhelming results in favor of Leon:
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
It’s great that Leon Best is going nowhere, and he now has a good chance to again contribute big time to the team next season.
This is good news.