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.