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Steven Taylor – Leon Is One Of The Best!

12:31 pm, Saturday, September 24th, 2011 by Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

Leon Best is on a  remarkable scoring streak this year.

Leon Best – doing so well for Newcastle this season - so far

In 17 appearances for the Newcastle first team he has scored 9 goals and that’s not too bad, in anybody’s book.

But we’d still like to see another goal or two from Leon against Blackburn this afternoon, and Leon is drawing a lot of attention to himself,  and rightly so, because for the second time this year, he is the man who’s stepping up to the plate and scoring goals.

And indeed, if Leon keeps scoring through the end of the year,  there’s even a chance that Newcastle will not bother to bring in a new striker, especially if Demba Ba starts scoring goals, and Peter Lovenkrands has just proved a point on Tuesday night with two more goals for the Magpies.

Leon has scored three goals in his last two games for the Newcastle side, and 25 year-old defender Steven Taylor, who seems to be almost back to his best form these days, was full of praise for the Nottingham born striker:

“Leon Best’s record speaks for itself. Since he’s come in and been playing games he’s done the job,” “People have probably underestimated him.”  “But he’s scored some fantastic goals.”

“And has kept getting himself in the right places at the right time.” “He’s a very confident lad, even in training sessions.”  “He’s not frightened to get his shot off in and around the box, and he put them in off the post, stanchion, the lot.”  

“He’s got that in his locker, and both feet as well. There is fantastic power in his shot, but he’s quick as well.”  “He’s tough for defenders to mark as he is very good in the air and can hold the ball up.”

“He is doing very well.” “He’s never really had a chance, and for our gaffer to give him an opportunity is massive,”  “Leon has started to repay the manager by putting in the performances that he has done.”

“Even in the games where we haven’t scored, he has still been closing defenders down, and doing a job for the team.”  “He sacrifices himself for the team and will help the midfield out.”

Leon was interviewed on Sky Sports before the PL  games this weekend, and he did his level best to come across as a modest guy, adn just about convinced us all, but he said all the right things, and seems  just delighted with how he’s done so far this season.

Steven is right, Leon is a confident lad, but it’s so important the players have belief in themselves, without being big headed.

But Leon also knows that a striker must keep knocking  those goals in regularly, and another goal today, and he’ll be getting a lot more attention in the press.

Go for it Leon!

Comments welcome.



Tags: Leon Best · Newcastle News · Steven Taylor





25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Sep 24, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    come on ALDERSHOT

  • 2 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Sep 24, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    BLACKBURN AWAY COULD BE WORSE.

  • 3 ToonMauritius // Sep 24, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Lads, have a look at this, Spurs are tracking this player, an asain talent
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IT9adGeKHI

  • 4 tommyL // Sep 24, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Another away game in the CC

  • 5 ToonMauritius // Sep 24, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    When the League Cup draw will be held, anyone please.

  • 6 2 AMEOBI'S // Sep 24, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Glad we avoided the big teams. Still should be a tricky tie away from home. Cant complain like could be Aldershot

  • 7 2 AMEOBI'S // Sep 24, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    *could be worse we could be aldershot (playing man u)

  • 8 WWJBD // Sep 24, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Blackburn away well let’s see how we do against them today before the excitment kicks in

  • 9 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Sep 24, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    how do man u always get these handy matches

  • 10 Klatoon // Sep 24, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    True there,Man u always get these nice fixtures.

  • 11 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 24, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Decent draw. Like the look of the other ties – Stoke vs Liverpool, in particular :)

    Going to be at least 2 lower league teams going through, too. Massive chance!

  • 12 archaeomag // Sep 24, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    @BoomBoom Warm balls I suspect!

  • 13 boater // Sep 24, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Bollox draw if you ask me,,, away and against a team we struggle to beat historically.

  • 14 Dannyo // Sep 24, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    I agree with most here, Blackburn away is not the worst we could’ve gotten, but not the best either, mixed feelings for me on that.
    What bothers me most that it’s yet another away game.

  • 15 TOONCHRIS // Sep 24, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Buzzing with the draw,could have been better but could of been a lot worse,if we carnt beat blackburn we dont deserve to go through,a just hope pardew has a real go at it cos would love a day out to wembly

  • 16 ~~San-Toon~~ // Sep 24, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Man U get the easiest pick of the Bunch.

    Hmmm…. sounds fishy….

  • 17 TOONCHRIS // Sep 24, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Fergie bin pickin the numbaz out the bag or wat

  • 18 ~~San-Toon~~ // Sep 24, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Aldershot to beat United 1-0. Heard it here first.

  • 19 lordjoesnow // Sep 24, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    man utd get an easy tie but so do man city against wolves. I bet its an all manchester derby and i bet manchester united win because everyone knows how football is fixed!

  • 20 HaZ-NUFC // Sep 24, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    anyone selling a wolves away ticket?

  • 21 nufcgaz687 // Sep 24, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    any links for the match lads cheers

  • 22 ~~San-Toon~~ // Sep 24, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Draw should have been

    United V.s Chelsea
    City v.s Liverpool.
    Newcastle v.s Aldershot
    Bolton v.s Stoke
    Everton vs Wolves.
    Southampton v.s Cardiff
    Crystal Palace v.s Burnley
    Arsenal v.s Blackburn

  • 23 TOONCHRIS // Sep 24, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    San toon the only person who gets ta pick the draw is fergie

  • 24 WWJBD // Sep 24, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    What’s all the crying about the draw for? Does it really matter who the Manchesters get? They are fantastic regardless

    Man Utd don’t care enough about the CC to ‘fix’ it

  • 25 Davies // Sep 24, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    24 – Agreed. Let’s deal with our own problems. See how we far against Blackburn today before we complain too much.




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