Leon Best is only concentrating on scoring goals for Newcastle, and in the Premier League this year, Leon has scored 9 goals in 19 appearances for Newcastle United.
Leon Best – scoring against Fulham
And if that isn’t good enough for Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni, then so be it.
Trapattoni went on the defensive last week on why he hadn’t picked Leon for the Ireland squad, since Best has the best scoring record of any Ireland striker in the Premier League this year, but the Italian said he told Leon why he was not in the squad, and that’s all he was going to say.
We have to assume it’s because he thinks Leon doesn’t work hard enough for the side, but he’s becoming more unselfish and working hard for the Newcastle side, and at Wolves he worked his socks off, but of course he didn’t score.
Trapattoni was there at Molineaux, but he was not persuaded to choose Leon in his squad, and as we said – so be it.
And since it also looks as though Ireland have a decent chance of qualifying for the Eur 2012 finals next summer, we suppose if Leon manages to hit 20 goals for Newcastle this season, then maybe he will get in the Ireland squad for the finals – but maybe not.
Leon is rightly concentrating on what he can do for Newcastle, and he talked to the local Newcastle press today:
“We are definitely showing people what a good team we are now.” “I can’t wait to see the next interview Matt Le Tissier does on us.”
“He’s finding it hard to give us any compliments at the minute.” ” I look forward to seeing what all of them say.” “We are showing them we can play football, score goals and win games.”
“We need to keep winning and 15 points from seven games speaks for itself.”
The comment about Matt le Tissier refers to the pundit’s comments on Leon’s form in the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa, when the former Southampton striker said that although Best scored in the game, he did precious little else, and he pointed out that Alan Pardew had still to play Best for a full 90 minutes.
Leon is right to take those comments as a challenge, and just prove the so-called experts wrong, and after all Alan Pardew is an excellent coach for strikers, so whatever the Newcastle boss is telling him, he just needs to keep his head down, and go out and do it.
The game against Spurs on Sunday is shaping up to be a massive game for Newcastle, and hopefully Leon will go out on Sunday afternoon to prove his critics wrong – and a hat-trick would certainly do that. 😀
“I think in a way the critics do help us. Definitely for me, I have had critics all my life and I enjoy proving people wrong.” “Our start has been unbelievable and we are delighted.
“When people say things, it only increases our morale and brings us closer.” “I had shots blocked against Wolves and I probably could have shot more, but Demba Ba was in better positions and I’ve played him in.”
” I’d be delighted for him to score as much as myself.” “If we’re scoring goals, we’re winning games.” “That’s the main thing, if we are successful individually we are going to be successful as a team.” “We play for each other and gain each other’s trust.”
“We believe in each other on and off the pitch.” “The most important thing to do before the international break was to get up to 15 points.” “We wanted to stay in the top four and we’ve done that.”
“Towards the end it got a bit hard at Wolves due to the weather and it was tough.” “It was humid and reminded me of America in the summer.” “Going to America has helped us in the last few weeks actually.”
“You think at the time it’s hard in pre-season but you are working twice as hard. It has worked for us.”
Leon Best and Newcastle have done very well this season so far, and his partnership with Demba Ba is shaping up very nicely with Ba on 4 goals, Leon on 3 and Peter Lovenkrands having scored his brace at Nottingham Forest.
So the strikers are scoring the goals on Tyneside, and to be honest, everything has gone very well for Newcastle this season – and all we need now is a win against a top side – like Tottenham Hotspur for example.
Howay The Lads!!