Pardew Still Not Convinced About Leon Best – Yet


Leon Best got the job done for Newcastle yesterday, with two good goals in the 2-1 win at home to Fulham.

Leon Best – after scoring first goal yesterday

And we’ve been pointing out that this year, in his 15 Newcastle appearances he’s scored 8 goals, which is not too bad at all.

But a little surprisingly this morning,  Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says he still has to be convinced that Leon is a consistent goalscorer at Newcastle.

Alan talked about Best today:

“Leon didn’t start particularly well,”  “He is a player that is starting to establish himself as a Premier League player, he has hunger, desire.”

“When he is playing poorly it does not affect him too much. I don’t worry about his confidence. He has that in abundance. He still needs to improve, though.”

“He has to prove he is a goalscorer. I have known him for a long, long time. For me he has never really had a run of goals. He has the opportunity and this is it.”

After after those two goals yesterday Leon should get plenty of chances, but we hope he still gets his chance if a new striker comes in.

When he had a run in the side earlier this year he scored 6 goals in 13 appearances for Newcatsle, and helped to fill in for the departed Andy Carroll.

And it doesn’t look like Newcastle will spend any of that £35M Carroll cash at all, in fact right now Newcastle have made £5M in the transfer market this summer.

And since Newcastle have also reduced the wage bill,  we don’t want to hear Derek LLambias say the Carroll money has gone on the wages of the new players, because it hasn’t.

Tim Krul put in another great performance for Newcastle yesterday, and made three great reaction saves in the second half.

But Tim, following on form his heroics at Scunthorpe,   just failed to keep a clean sheet when Clint Dempsey headed home two minutes from the end of the game, and that was the first goal conceded in three league games by Newcastle.

Pardew talked about the Dutch International:

“He is the type of goalkeeper who you know you will get reaction saves from,”  “What impressed me was his presence, his reading of the game, and he looked big.”

“He took a couple of crosses, that was a signal that he thinks he is a good goalkeeper.”

Substitute Haris Vuckic was replaced in the second half with a broken hand, but we don’t know how long that will keep the 19 year-old Slovenian U21 International  out of the squad.

Things are looking up this morning after a great result for Newcastle yesterday, and now to get three good players through the door before Wednesday evening.

Comments welcome.



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218 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Aug 29, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Allot of people aren’t convinced, and with good reason.
    I think Pards is spot in his assessment, Best needs to prove himself over time.
    I think he’ll get the chance to do that.
    Happy to see Best and Ba linking up yesterday tho.
    It’s an improvement should we not get a striker in.

    I’d rather have an LB over a striker if i had to pick tho.

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  • toonthompson

    Aug 29, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #2

    best just needs a few games

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  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 29, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Welle cn’t see Besty is out no.1 strikere then Pardew is blind, Bests record for the toon speaks for itself, he is hard working and a good finisher, seemed to workn well with Baaaaaaaa against Fulham n all…. More benchwork for Ameobi

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  • Stuart

    Aug 29, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Doesnt really mean Pardew isn’t convinced by Best, all he said was that hes never had a long enough run of games to establish himself.

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 29, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #5

    Why would Pardew be convinced by our only striker who has been scoring goals?

    I hope this is just talk to make Best keep working hard and not what he really believes because if it is then what does Best have to do? Every game he has been involved in so far he worked his backside off and looked like scoring goals!

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  • alkinou

    Aug 29, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m convinced by Best. Last year when he finally had a run in the first team, he scored regulary until he got injured. For me he’s our number one striker

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  • daztoon

    Aug 29, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Anybody else think Ashley and Pardew look like Laurel and Hardy cos its another fine mess they got us into

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 29, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #8

    No transfer news today then? 1 more signing which will be a loan deal on transfer deadline day

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 29, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #9

    If i remember right, Best scored more goals than Carroll at the end of last season.
    I see Best as underrated, and when getting his sharpness back,i think Best can be a handfull.

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  • PlasticGeordie101

    Aug 29, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t understand why everyone gives fat ashley such a hard time. Our squad is good and he’s still allowing AP to scout for players. They players just don’t want to come (or their leeching scouts persuade them not to). He has put his children’s inheritance in this club and wants to buy players that offer good value and will grow at our club. Only Manc teams and Chelsea are happy to overpay for players. We should be happy we are not like them and that we still operate like a ‘real’ club and look for talent at a good price. That’s just good business.

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  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 29, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11

    Welle cn’t see Besty is out

    Meant to say:

    well if he can’t see Besty is our

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  • blissna

    Aug 29, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s Pardew’s perogative to pass such judgement. After the start we’ve had to the season, I’m willing to trust that judgement. Just hope Best can make Pardew’s mind up for him soon!

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  • geoff777

    Aug 29, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #13

    I think better defences will be able to handle Best.

    He shows signs that he’s talented but squanders chances a better finisher would bury easily.

    Hard to criticise Best too much after scoring twice.

    Hard to criticise a team with 7/9 points and a cup win.

    But … we should have been 2-0 down at half-time in all three matches and Scunny had chances to bury us.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 29, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #14

    i was only calling him worstie the other day- i like pardew will take a lot of convincing he is a decent squad player but i will be sick as parrott if hes our new number nine.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #15

    must be still up from last night darllo? ha ha.

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #16

    Moaning bast@rds!!

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  • My son didn’t understand my over reaction when Dempsey scored. Fist goal conceded. Sh!t.

    Then he went on to say something strange. “I don’t like Jonas any more.” “He thinks he’s Ronaldo.” Is it just me but I can’t see it?

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  • wsquare

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #18

    best you can do it

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  • geoff777

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #19

    Morning Mike

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #20

    GG
    Jonas doesnt think hes Ronaldo….he knows hes Messi though 😉

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  • Lew Davies

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #21

    Theres the proof we wont be getting in a new striker.
    Best will get a run of games from now on to prove himself.

    Also Partpoo bigging up Krul ready for a sale on wednesday.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #22

    @Mystic Mikes’ iron curtain

    Mornin nobhead

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #23

    been sayin for a while Best is by a distance the best striker we have + possibly Ba will come close as his fitness picks up + i think those negging him against scunny feelin a bit daft i hope.
    the lad works soo had for the team and he seems to be quite a charachter too very skillful for a big guy and he aint afraid to defend or run with the ball when no one gives him a better option i personally rate him his composue with his 2nd was class + ive never seen a striker have so many wrongly disallowed goals 15 games 8 goals + 3 wrongly disallowed that shud read 11 in 15 if he can keep his ankles intact fo a season he could get 20 (no im not joking)

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  • toonthompson

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #24

    daily mail claims we have agreed a 5million deal to sign davide santon

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  • toonthompson

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #25
  • Dannyo

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #26

    I like Jonas allot.
    He works hard, and he’s got decent dribbling skills, but superb, but decent. Sometimes his work pays off and it gives us chances.
    Jonas is probably the most hard working player we have and he’s better than average.
    I like him allot.

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  • sirtoongospel

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #27

    Pardew is right to say he has still got work to do surely? He is also keeping Krul on his toes. Seems like decent management to me. Raise the bar and keep challenging the players to improve.

    We have a good bunch of lads there and with 2 or 3 in we will have a good season. 10th has to be the aim. LB, cover for RB and a striker. Get them in and we would all be happy.

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  • toonthompson, have you just got up?

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #29

    Pardew is smart, has laid down the challenge to Leon Best now to prove he’s a natural scorer and our number 1 striker. Some strikers love this kind of challenge and pressure put on them. We will know just how good Leon Best is in the next 5-6 games.

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  • Stuart

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #30

    Selling Krul on Wednesday? Yeah, because we’re going to sell our new number 1 3 games into the season.

    Theres a difference between realism and bitterness Lew Davies.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #31

    I like Best, great attitude, quite a humble man aswell, for a footballer! To think we would have let him go is a minor black mark on Pardew for me, assuming he was actually on the transfer list…..

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  • toonthompson

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #32

    no i just dont put much on

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #33

    Best and BA – who is ahppy with that as 1st choice strike partners? As i am starting to think that this is the case… or we may just buy another midfielder and always play 5 in the middle…

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #34

    @WWJBD // Aug 29, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Why would Pardew be convinced by our only striker who has been scoring goals?

    I hope this is just talk to make Best keep working hard and not what he really believes because if it is then what does Best have to do? Every game he has been involved in so far he worked his backside off and looked like scoring goals!
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    I think the reason why Pardew said that is not because Pardew is unconvinced, but putting pressure on Leon Best to score more goals. Its a tactic because some players perform much much better when they have a point to prove, rather than receiving praises.

    I’m sure Pardew recognizes that he’s the best forward we have in this club right now.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #35

    There are no more players going out this window.
    NEVER gonna happen, no more going out, thats a certainty.

    I still hope to God we’ll get someone in. Really do, cause we wont have this form forever.

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #36

    the Best on transfer list was reported by one newspaper on a slow news day then copy and pasted by several others It was total fiction i have on very good authority

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  • Lew Davies

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #37

    ToonThompson – give ya head a shake man.
    We only offered PSV £4M for Pieters. No way we would pay £5 for Santa.

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  • mushy

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #38

    Of corse Pards is going to play down Best’s performances…
    1. He need to keep the lads feet on the ground, while encouraging him to improve. Good man management.

    2. Pards is trying to convince FatAsh to buy a striker; he’s hardly likely to announce that Leon Best is the answer to all our striking problems. Good boss management.

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  • geoff777

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #39

    Carroll’s sale was set up with a load of stories about Spurs bidding for him (fake stories) to generate hype, which hasn’t happened this window.

    Colo to Valencia is my main worry.
    Possibly Simpson to QPR? If we get Santon.

    But with Ashley who knows? Any of them could be sold.

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  • gorgonzola

    Aug 29, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #40

    Not convinced? AHHAHAH and Shola is very convincing walking around the field being lazy that earns him a 2 year extension very smart…

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