It looks like Newcastle will bring in another striker early in January, to bolster the striker options at Newcastle.
Leon Best – after scoring against Fulham
And the other good news is that the current strikers at Newcastle, Leon Best, Demba Ba, Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands have also stepped up to the plate this seaosn, and have 11 goals between them, which is not bad.
Of course Lovenkrands and Shola Ameobi haven’t played too much yet this season either, but if Modibo Maiga or another top striker comes in during January, Newcastle’s striker options will look very good.
Leon Best is not currently in the Ireland squad, and it seems that manager Giovanni Trapattoni doesn’t think Best works hard enough to get the ball during games.
But with Wolves striker Kevin Doyle sent off against Armenia, there will be a striker place in the squad for the up-coming and important play-off against Estonia next month, for a place in the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine next summer.
Alan Pardew, who is said to be an excellent striker coach, thinks Leon has deserved a place in Ireland’s squad, as he said this yesterday:
“I was disappointed with the manager’s comment because I think it was unfair.” “Trapattoni has some very good strikers, make no mistake about that, he has good players.”
“But to question his work-rate is unfair and I will tell him that when I see him.” “I wish him luck in the play-off game. And I think he should perhaps come out and look at Besty, it might change his mind.”
It’s interesting that Alan does not question Leon’s work-rate, and Bestn has also been very unselfish of late, and has often set up his striker partner, Demba Ba
From a selfish viewpoint, we’re not too bothered that Best is not playing for Ireland, or that Newcastle’s mercurial captain, Fabricio Colooccini is not currently playing for Argentina.
But of course the players want to represent their countries, and it would be a surprise if Best is not picked in the Ireland squad for Estonia.
Newcastle have been surprisingly strong at the striker position so far this season, with Demba Ba bring the pick of the bunch, with 5 goals in his last three Premier League games.
And after watching his goal on TV again on Sunday, he was the one who gave the ball to Gutierrez out on the left wing, when the Senegal striker was about about 10 yards inside the Spurs’ half, and he ran over 40 yards to put that ball into the back of the net.
And that great piece of play showed Ba’s hunger for goals, and it was a chance he could so easily have missed. Demba Ba has now scored 12 goals in 21 appearances for West Ham and Newcastle in the Premier League this year.
Leon Best is on three goals and has 9 goals this year for Newcastle in 20 appearances, and he is due to score soon, and maybe he can do that on Saturday against Wigan.
While we think that Ben Arfa could start for Best on Saturday, and Italian Davide Santon could replace Danny Simpson, we would not be surprised if Alan again starts an unchanged side, and gives Sanrton and Ben Arfa, and Shola Ameoni too, a run out in the second half – depending on how the game is going.
And Shola Ameobi re-introduced himself on Sunday to Newcastle fans with just a fabulous goal, and on reviewing that goal we thought American Brad Friedel may have been able to get to it, but Shola’s shot was just perfect, and it was about one inch inside Brad’s left hand post.
An amazing strike by the 30 year-old year-old and a goal that deserved to get Newcastle a point against a good looking Spurs side.
Let’s hope our strikers can keep up their good work for the rest of the season, and they have all done very well – so far.