Demba Ba has scored 8 goals in the last five games, but his strike partner Leon Best is going through a dry spell, so to speak, and hasn’t scored any goals in that same period.
Leon Best – scoring against Fulham
Leon did receive a well deserved call-up to the Ireland squad late last week, for their important Euro 2012 play-off games against Estonia.
The last goal Leon scored for Newcastle was at Villa Park on 17th September, and he has 3 PL goals for Newcastle this season in 10 appearances.
Leon is keeping out Hatem Ben Arfa, and his work rate this season has improved immensely, and he was taken off late in the game at Stoke last Monday night, simply because he had given his all for the side and seemed exhausted.
But Newcastle manager Alan Pardew certainly thinks that Leon will always score goals:
“Leon is a goalscorer. If I put finishing practice on, I’d always be confident that he’d be pretty close to the top in terms of a success rate,”
“He has lots of ammunition, he can score with his left foot, right foot and through headers. If an opportunity comes his way against Everton, I’d expect him to take it.”
Pardew came to Newcastle with a good name for being an excellent coach with strikers, and certainly they have not let him down since he arrived last December.
And that’s even though Newcastle have still not really replaced the departed top local striker, Andy Carroll.
Maybe Leon can get a goal (or two) this afternoon, as Newcastle try to get the win that will take them up to 25 points from their first 11 league games of the season.
That would be an almost unbelievably good start for the Tyneside club, and we have two weeks before our next game over the International break, which is one of the toughest games of the season at Manchester City.
Let’s hope Leon can get on the goals track against Everton this afternoon and bring Newcastle another 3 points.