Leon Best is one of the Newcastle strikers who will get a big chance, through at least December, to knock in the goals for the Tyneside club.
Leon Best all smiles after his brace against Fulham
With Newcastle surprisingly unsuccessful in bringing in a top striker at the club in the summer, as a replacement for the departed Andy Carroll, Leon Best and the newly arrived Demba Ba in particular, will get a big chance to show what they can do on Tyneside.
Newcastle also have the experienced Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands available, and Shola’s younger brother, 19 year-old Sammy, has looked good when he’s played for the first team this year, and he scored a fantastic winner at Scunthorpe United in the Carling Cup a few weeks ago.
Leon seems upbeat about the opportunity ahead, and he’s particularly pleased that injury worries over his ankle seem now a thing of the past:
“I have not played that many Premier League games, but it’s good for me because the games I have played I have scored in.”
“It’s a good ratio for me and I intend keeping that goals-to-games ratio the same.” “I have had no injuries, touch wood, and got some goals as well, so I am very confident.”
“You have just got to get on with it, that’s part of football. Whoever is coming to the club, they are coming to make the club better and make the team stronger.”
In 15 Premier League appearances this year Leon Best has scored 8 goals, and that’s not a bad record at all, and in his last game he scored a brace in Newcastle’s 2-1 win at home to Fulham, and both second half goals were poacher’s goals for the 24 year-old Irishman.
And it seems that Leon Best may have lost his place in the Ireland squad, with West Brom strikers Shane Long and Simon Cox being preferred as back up strikers to Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle recently.
Leon currently has played 7 times for the Ireland side, and he remains ambitious about his International future, and of course he just needs to keep banging in those goals for Newcastle, and he’ll soon be back in the Ireland squad – there’s no doubt about that.
“If I keep scoring, even if the manager has forgotten about me, he’s going to see me in the paper when he sees it and hopefully he will remember who I am.”
“‘I don’t know why I haven’t been called up. It’s the same thing with Ireland – I have never really been given a good run, a good chance to prove that I am an international, as well as a Premier League player.”
“But it will all come. If I do well for Newcastle and continue to score and play well and prove that I am a Premier League striker, then I should be given the chance to be an international.’
“It’s a funny game because when I was in my lows at Coventry and not knowing what was happening, I got an international call-up from him from nowhere, and that gave me the confidence to strive on.”
‘Now I am at Newcastle doing well, but I am not playing international football. But I am doing well here and I am very happy with life at the minute.”
Leon is not short on confidence, and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew also has an excellent record in coaching strikers during his career, and he seems to be able to bring out the best in them.
Certainly if Leon can keep scoring goals at the ratio of one goal in every two Premier League appearances, he’ll have nothing to worry about at all, and Newcastle will also be doing well.
Newcastle have started the season very well and are currently in 6th place in the Premier League with 7 points from their first three games, and the Magpies can go as high as third place with a good win at QPR.
So we’re really hoping that Leon can keep banging those goals in for Newcastle, starting tonight against QPR at Loftus Road.
Howay The Lads!!