Leon Best is forming a good partnership with new boy Demba Ba up front for Newcastle.
Ba and Best – Newcastle strike force
And between them they have scored 7 goals in 7 league games for the Magpies this season, with Ba on four goals and Best on three goals.
Only recently Best was left out of the Ireland squad by manager Giovanni Trapattoni, in spite of his good form for Newcastle, but Leon says he’s always had doubters, and he will do his best to keep proving them wrong.
This is what the 25 year-old told the local Newcastle press yesterday:
“I’ve got a tattoo that says The Sky’s The Limit. That’s what I believe in.” “It’s from a song, the Notorious B.I.G’s Juicy tune. It has the lyrics ‘It was all a dream.’”
“I’ve always had people saying you aren’t going to be able to do this or I’d end up doing this.” “To this day I have continued proving people wrong.”
“That’s what I intend to do, keep on working my socks off to prove people wrong.” “And I want to do it with a smile on my face.”
“And as long as we keep doing it, we can keep striving for the top four.” “I can’t wait for the Tottenham game. No matter what we’ve done this season I feel like people are saying we’re on a lucky streak and maybe we don’t deserve it or we shouldn’t be.”
“But we are still there. If we are playing the big teams and beating them then they will have to start respecting us.” “It is the hardest test down on paper. Last season our hardest tests were the Blackburns of the world.”
“This season we have addressed that. Look at Wolves, it’s a hard place to go and win but we did it well.”
Best is right about that becasue Newcastle haven’t played any side in the top six yet this season, and Tottenham will be the first such side Newcastle have played this season,
Best started his career at his local club Notts County, before being signed as a trainee by Southampton, and he made his debut against Newcastle United on his 18th birthday back in 2004.
Southampton have always had a good youth policy, and Leon played with some good youngsters down south, and he knows Gareth Bale well and he played in the same youth side at Southampton, when the Saints reached the FA Youth Cup final back in 2005.
They lost 3-2 (1-0, 2-2) in the two legged final to Ipswich Town and Best, Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott started both games for that Southampton youth side.
Best talked yesterday about his pal, Gareth Bale :
“I know Gareth Bale well and Aaron Lennon and Tom Huddlestone, I have played with him since 10 or 11 years old.” “It will be good to see them and have a little laugh before the game and then crack on.”
“What Gareth has done shows you what you can do in the Premier League.” “If you attack it and have full confidence in yourself it can be done.”
“Look at Gareth, it was a few games and he changed his whole his career around.”
It’s now just less than six hours to kick off time, and the game with Tottenham promises to be a very good one, with both Newcastle and Tottenham in good form.
It’s definitely a good test of the new Newcastle side, and we’ll know after this game just how good our lads are this season.
Howay The Lads!!