Leon Best Due A Goal Against Everton This Afternoon

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.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Nov 5, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    The lad has worked so hard for the teams success, he really deserves a goal today, i hope he grabs 3 😛

  • beddersmag

    Nov 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    I agree with dannyo, Leons all round game is improving all the time but he needs to keep in the goals to keep his confidence high. I think he will bag today and we will win with two goals to spare

  • alkinou

    Nov 5, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #3

    With our great start to the season we’re starting to get some publicity in France. In recent weeks, I’ve seen articles about Newcastle, Cabaye (of course he’s French) and now Ba on eurosport France. Great to see them acknowledging our good start to the season.
    Here’s me hoping for 3 points today but we’ve got to realise that our unbeaten rrun will end someday and we can’t be too upset if it’s today!

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 5, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #4


  • shearermania

    Nov 5, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #5

    so if best is our #9 nd ba is our #10 where does that leave Benny boy..???????
    pardew havent talked about him in a while….bit concerned about that…
    would love if he let another rocket fly against the toffees

  • Nick 69

    Nov 5, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #6

    it leaves Benny boy on the bench waiting for his chance, which he has to take due to their current form, and so far that hasnt happened. He has to be patient he cant just walk back into an unbeaten team because of his name and reputation.

    As far as Best not scoring for a while, id like to see him get one, however im not concerned if he doesnt, as all 3 goals on monday came because of him.

  • barkel

    Nov 5, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #7

    off topic but anyone know a decent spot around central london to watch the match?

  • Sav

    Nov 5, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Only one thing is better than the famous little and large partnerships like Keegan and Toshack and that’s TWO big lads! Best Ba None. HTL!

  • magpiebop

    Nov 5, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Besty is due a goal


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