Leon Best, as we had hoped for, is again a revelation for Newcastle so far this season, as he has scored 3 goals in just five appearances for the first team.
Leon Best after scoring one of his three goals this season
And this year he has scored 9 goals in just 17 first team appearances, and only 12 of those were starts, so Leon’s record this year is simply outstanding.
Remember that Leon hadn’t played in the Premier League until last January, and in his first start he scored a great hat-trick against West Ham United.
And like any good striker he just loves scoring goals, and you can see that when he bags a goal, he lightens up and runs towards the Newcastle fans, and he’s also becoming a popular lad on Tyneside, as he keeps scoring those goals for the club.
There are still areas of his game that he needs to improve on, and it seems Alan Pardew is coaxing that out of the willing learner, and as we said last week, as long as he keeps scoring goals for Newcastle he will be back in the Ireland International squad very soon.
It will be interesting to see if Leon makes the Ireland squad for the European Championship qualifiers against Armenia and Andorra next month, and of course a goal or two tomorrow against Blackburn would almost make it certain he will be recalled by the Ireland manager, Giovanni Trapattoni.
Alan Pardew was asked if the manager can get more out of Best today:
“I don’t know if it is about getting more out of him – it is about Besty playing to his potential.” “He is showing that.”
“In the games he’s started he has a great record and he wants to continue that.” “His all round game is something we work on and his finishing is very, very good.”
“Leon is top scorer for us now.” “He’s very pleased with that.” “There is no special ingredient, confidence is a massive tool in this trade.”
The saying that when one door closes another opens is so true, and the fact that Newcastle failed to bring in a top striker in the summer, has given Leon Best another chance at Newcastle, and he seems to be taking it big time.
Keep it up Leon, you’ve done great so far!