In Leon Best We Trust To Get The Job Done For Newcastle


Leon Best, Newcastle’s Irish International striker,  has come out today and  told Newcastle fans he will get the job done for Newcastle and get the goals we need.

Leon Best – yes – another goal from Leon on Sunday

And with Newcastle’s  rather feeble and pathetic attempts to buy a top striker on the cheap yesterday, failing quite miserably, we have to rely on Leon, Demba Ba, Peter Lovenkrands and Shola  Ameobi to get the job done for Newcastle,  at least until January.

We are fairly confident that those four players will not let the side down, and in particular we think Leon Best could well make a name for himself too, if he can stay clear of injuries.

Leon Best seems determined to prove himself again as a striker, who can get goals in the Premier League for Newcastle:

“That’s all you can do.”  “If the manager gives me a chance I will take it.”

“After the Fulham game I couldn’t wait for the next game against Queens Park Rangers, we just wish it was tomorrow.”

 “I think if you want to go off my starts in the Premier League it is almost one goal every two games.”

“That sounds very good but I want to add on that. I am obviously looking forward to the next few games. We are in the top six now so why shouldn’t we be as players?

“It’s been a great start for us.”

Leon is right about his goal ratio because we make it 15 appearances this year in the Premier League have resulted in 8 goals, and you cannot do much better than that.

Best should be in the starting line-up for the game against QPR a week come Monday, and although QPR have strengthened their side in the transfer window this summer, there has to be a good chance that Newcastle can get a win at Loftus Road.

Leon, who has a total of 28 appearances for Newcastle with eight goals and turns 25 later this month, continued:

“Whenever the question is asked I will try to answer them with goals. I think that’s what I want to keep doing.”  “I am giving the manager a headache by doing it.”

“It’s a sweet feeling.”   “I always look back to my first Premier League goals against West Ham, I didn’t think I’d get that feeling again. But it was there in the last game.”

“I have had chances here and there but I need starts. Sometimes I have not been fully fit. But now I have my chance.”

And the Coventry-born player who has 7 caps for Ireland,  has confidence in his own abilities, and we back Leon to be in the goals for Newcastle for the rest of this year.

What Newcastle will do in January we have no idea, but that is a difficult window to bring in new players, because they have no time to settle in and get acclimatized to their new clubs.

But we suppose there be some PR about spending money in January, but we’ll believe it when and if it happens,  but we’re not holding our breath.

The club had a chance to spend big money in the summer for some excellent players, but they didn’t do that and the net transfer outlay for the summer was about zero, zilch, nothing.

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309 comments so far

  • Milner

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #1

    thirst

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  • Milner

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Leon and Demba up front together?

    Or one lone striker, given that we may need to rotate our two best men, with attacking mids either side?

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  • robtheguru

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Here’s to hoping he gets the job done. At the same time if he gets injured we’ll struggle with our list of first team strikers. I really do think it’s time for everyone to move aside for Sameobi and even try playing Vuckic up top.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #4

    I like Best,think Ba’s going to take a bit more time,sick of saying it but if they get an injury

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  • Milner

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #5

    —————-Krul——————
    Simmo—Saylor–Colo–Santon
    ——-Cababye—Tiote———–
    Vucikc———————–Jonas
    ——Oberatn———————–
    ——————–Best————-

    Subs: Marv, Ba, Gosling, Willo, Raylor, Elliot.

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  • MacToon

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Not a surprise to see so many disillusioned fans posting today.
    maoc@hotmail.co.uk
    Mail us and see if we can all work together to try and force this shyster from our club.

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  • Milner

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Or:

    —————-Krul——————
    Simmo—Saylor–Colo–Santon
    ——-Cababye—Tiote———–
    Obertan———————–Jonas
    ————-Ba—–Best————-

    Subs: Marv, Vucikc, Gosling, Willo, Raylor, Elliot…oh, and Sammy!

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #8

    milner vuckic aint a winger swap him with obertan once obertan gets his confidence up he will come good

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Mactoon.Onlineguy had a great idea,hire a billboard outside St James’s with a message from the fans on it,don’t know how much it would cost but i bet a few people on here would chip in

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  • ichrisho

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #10
  • Spike

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #11

    If Leon keeps on scoring, he’ll be flogged off in January. After all, it will be a new year and they have to keep the run of no outlay, just profit going

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Look at this lads.

    http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/local-news/toon_fans_concern_over_letters_removal_1_3734326

    Not getting the players wanted is one thing, but to destroy NUFC history thats been there for YEARS is something else entirely.
    This is truly sad, and comes ontop of a dissapointing transfer window.
    I’m so mad right now, i’m at a loss for words…

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  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #13

    think we need to sign degan, beattie and mcfadden just to increase the size of the squad. First team doesnt look too bad although could of done with a striker!

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Mr off side best gives away possession because he cant read the game, his first against Fulham was a gift from a re bound off the bar, an open goal, but give him his due I have seen them missed on many occasion. if best could learn to stay onside who knows but at 25 should have all that in the bag by now.

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  • ichrisho

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #15

    @Mojo – I am in if there is contributions needed… and I can get a a few more up here too. Great Idea… We need to mail the Chronicle and tell them what we intend to do…

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  • lesh

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Oh Ed, oh ye of little faith when you say you have no idea what Newcastle will do in January.

    We all know that forward planning is key to success and Llambias’ll be plotting his strategy now.

    He’ll be resarching potential January targets much as they did in advance of this window just gone and enable us to table bids and/or offer terms that we know’ll be rejected!

    Cynical? Mois?

    Sad to say tthat the club’s past behaviour has conditioned that attitude.

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  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #17

    Best needs a proper run in the team, never been giving a run in the prem

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #18

    F***** bunch of crooks they are lads.

    It wont stop either Pardew will take all the flack for they’re mistakes as per usual.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #19

    It’s a disgrace but nothing suprises me about this regime Dannyo,It wouldn’t surprise me if fatboy buys the copyrights for “The Blaydon Races” and charges us for singing it

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  • ichrisho

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #20

    If United are the Nike Megastore – We are a local Sports Direct… Who said this? Answers on a postcard…

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Not my idea Ichrisho,have to give the credit to onlineguy,how would we go about it,phoning the council to see how much it is to hire one?

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  • ToonJovi

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #22

    judging by their last performances i think Best and Ba will do us justice… espeically one Ben Arfa is back… 3-4 weeks? Ba with Ben Arfa playing just behind… with Best and Shola on the bence….. thatl do for me!

    and spending 10m + on an unproven PL striker was risky! panic buying to say the least! We should have bought Shane Long end of!

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  • ichrisho

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #23

    @Dannyo/Mojo – It says that it will be replaced with “Identical” lettering – eh??? So why take it down? 🙂 Mental…

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  • joppadoni

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #24

    lol mr mojo!

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #25

    @20 pards or bruce

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  • Oleg G

    Sep 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Mistakes the club made:

    1. Didn’t sign a quality striker
    But there are so many more mistakes
    2. Not bringing bodies, as subs for our CB position
    3. Not bringing an experience LB
    4. Lying to the fans!!!!
    5. Moving slowly in the window
    6. Asking always for a lower price then what’s given and looks actually like it is for the peruse of not getting our bid accepted.
    Chairman X: We want 15M
    Ashley: We will pay 13M
    Chariman X: Ok, 13M
    Ashley: Ok, so we will pay 10M
    etc.
    7. Lying to the fans again!!!
    8. (what looks like) Taking the name down and (looks like) replacing it with some crapdirect logo or something.
    9. Too many to mention.

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  • barkel

    Sep 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Leon needs to start games, looking at the stats i think he’s started 10 prem games and scored 8. his other appearances were off the bench

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  • ichrisho

    Sep 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #28

    I am on it now Mojo… Where would be able to put it? hhmmmm and I am sure the guy who owns the Strawberry can help out too. I will call the council now and ask them – will put on my professional work voice…

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  • ToonLegend

    Sep 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Delibritley didnt post yesterday coz didnt want to let the emotions turn this post into a rampage against the club

    that being said is now the morning after the night before do i think the club tried to sign a striker then yes but i also believe we left it late for the reason i said a week ago that Ashley would wait till the last minute to save a few weeks wages and it back fired

    we really needed a striker and a centre back in

    i think Ashley now only has two choices one is to start investing in the squad properly and i dont mean a 30 million pound striker just sign the players that we need as we need them or
    choice two Ashley needs to look to russia or for some sheik to buy the club russia seems the best market as a lot of russian billionaire seems to be buying up clubs
    if Ashley chooses option 2 i still think we should go down the just buy players as and when needed and not just sign 30 players coz we can

    lastly it’s done with and all the bitchin in the world wont get us our new cb or striker so all we can do is support the team and hope Ashley makes a decision

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  • Special K

    Sep 1, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Its incredibly frustrating that if we had gotten in a striker we’d be calling this one of our better transfer windows, as it is alas…

    However I’m relieved we didn’t get Ruiz, complete panic buying if we had! After Gameiro, Erdinc, Defoe, Maiga, Roux, Cisse and Sulemanjani he was our 8th choice and he’s not even and out and out striker!

    We should have done our business a lot earlier, I can understand failing to attract Gameiro, the riches of PSG explain that one, and Defoe, still playing for a better team, but to not land one of Erdinc, Maiga, Cisse and Sulemanjani with at least 3 months to negotiate it is inexcusable. Any of those four would have made us a top team.

    I’m still confident our current lot will see us through to January without any major trouble but sadly I think thats Mike’s ambition, how can he not realise that European football brings him more revenue!

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  • OttersPocket

    Sep 1, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #31

    dave 1961

    I understand what your saying about Best, but thats what we need, someone playing on the shoulder looking to get in behind, makes defenders think about things. Look at Darren ~Bent he is the same I think last season he was offside more than anyone else and about 30/40 ahead of the second person.

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  • ichrisho

    Sep 1, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #32

    @25 – John Funkin Beresford…

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Sep 1, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #33

    Can’t help but try Ichrisho,SSN would be all over it

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  • joppadoni

    Sep 1, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #34

    i do think we should have brought in a CB or 2. but everyone wants to keep their players. espesh the youngens

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  • JBax97

    Sep 1, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #35

    If Ba can do what he did for west ham and Leon can continue his great form and both of them can keep the board ticking over until the return of HBA and he stays fit then hopefully we can make it through to January. Of course if we do do well then cashley will be convinced we don’t need a new striker!

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 1, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #36

    @ichrisho

    I’m sure MA could turn Newcastle United into
    Sports-direct.com
    Using the same lettering…

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Sep 1, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #37

    @32 when did he say that shite

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  • ichrisho

    Sep 1, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #38

    MOJO – ITS 764quid for 2 weeks and there is 5 sites which we can utilise around St.James’ Park. No offensive language and must have Council Clearance first.

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Sep 1, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #39

    I smelt a rat yesterday morning when David Craig was outside the mackems training ground.

    Then he said something about getting a phone call at 4.30am by somebody at Newcastle saying they were working hard.

    Remember a couple of seasons ago Mike Ashley sending David Craig a email telling him they would have some news for the yellow ticker on sky sports later?? 😉

    We ended up with nobody that time aswell.lol

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  • ToonLegend

    Sep 1, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #40

    Lads protests are all well and good but do seem pointless if there is no BUYER

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