Best Returns To Newcastle To Be Fit For Man City Game

After Ireland’s terrific 4-0 win at Estonia in the first leg of the Euro 2012 playoffs,  Ireland manager  Giovanni   Trapattoni has decided he does need Newcastle striker Leon Best for the second leg tomorrow night in Dublin’s fair city.

Leon Best – in Ireland colors

It seems almost certain that Ireland will now qualify, but they will still go out and try to win the second leg in what should be a fantastic night for Ireland’s fans on Tuesday night,  as they will be at the Euro 2012 Championships next  summer in Poland and the Ukraine.

Leon Best was  called up to Giovanni Trapattoni’s squad for the two-leg Euro 2012 play-off with Estonia when it was realized that WBA’s Shane Long was injured and couldn’t participate.

But the Italian has also been critical of  Best’s work rate when he has played for Ireland in the past.

Best missed the first leg in Estonia because his wife was giving birth to their first child,  and it’s almost a compassionate gesture by Trapattoni not to risk the player,  and allow him to return home to Newcastle.

Best can be with his wife and first born, and also get fit for the game this coming Saturday at Manchester City.

This is what Trapattoni said:

“We said thanks because we wished he had come with us,” “I said to him now you are injured and I don’t need you in this game.”

“It is better you go back to your team to finish your therapy.”

Leon now has an opportunity to be in the Ireland squad for the Championships next summer,  but he is currently out of favor with Trapattoni, but that’s nothing that some Premier goals for Newcastle through the end of the season couldn’t rectify.

Leon has so far scored 3 goals for Newcastle in his 11 league games this season, and is due some goals.

Anybody know if Leon’s wife has actually given birth and whether it’s a boy or a girl?

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    He’s playing well enough just needs to start banging a few more goals in.

  • geoff777

    Nov 14, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Best is a good squad striker if he’s 100% fit.

    He isn’t … time for HBA?
    Or will Pardew not play him because of de Jong?

  • stuart no9

    Nov 14, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    if we have any chance on finishing in the top half of the league we must buy another striker to support ba , Best is not the man . we need and always have done, a nippy little moocher, who when given a sniff of goal can put them away someone who will frighten the life out of defenders. I believe andy carroll would have benefited from one when he was here, so will ba.Best will make a decent squad player if and when we need him. try benni up there perhaps?

  • stuart no9

    Nov 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #4

    geoff777 i dont think its a good idea to leave bennie out because de jong is playing.Since his return we have all noticed bennies game is not quite there yet. Obviously for the horror injury also his head is not right. that is only my opinion. I f i was pardew i would play him from the start . let him face up to de jong again,and tell him to go and enjoy himself and replace in the last 20 .getting through that game with his legs still attached to his body will be exactly what he needs THEN i think we will all see the bennie we know

  • Trent Toon

    Nov 14, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Its a girl!!

    My guess

    50% chance of getting it right 😛

  • tiotal football

    Nov 14, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #6

    I think you’ve got to let Ben Arfa play if Leon isn’t fit

    face your fears and all that!

  • Scottishtoon95

    Nov 14, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Would be awkward for ben arfa to be on the side-lines because of two de jongs. lol


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