Pardew Upbeat About Tottenham Game – Best Out For The Season

It looks like it’s going to be a lot longer than six weeks that Leon Best is out for, and indeed it seems he will not return this season.

Leon Best tackled by Warnock – out for the season

Leon Best damaged his knee ligaments when he was tackled by Stephen Warnock in Sunday’s 2-1 win, and it was initially thought he would be out for around six weeks, but in the last day or two it looks like the prognosis is that he will not return this season.

Of course we do have Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba up front,  but Leon was the third striker at Newcastle, and now the back-ups will be Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands, who is likely to leave Newcastle in the summer when his contract runs out.

Alan Pardew held his press conference for the Tottenham game, and this is some of what he had to say:

“I think it will be very doubtful that we will see Leon again this season, and that is a blow for us because he has been great. “

“We have lost three or four players to long-term injuries, and have been a bit unlucky with that. Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi and now Leon, so we have been unlucky on that front.

“We’ve also lost Ryan Taylor I think for this weekend, so it is really disappointing.”  “But in terms of the players we do have available, they are in good form and we can take that into Spurs.”

“It’s a big game in the Premier League,” “We’ve got ourselves in a great position, although we have some injuries so there are a few out. But we are still going to go there in good heart and hopefully get the right result.”

“We can only go and do the best job we can do. We are a strong team and we are in good form, so we just have to take that into the arena and hopefully cope with all that’s going on.”

It was an upbeat Alan Pardew yesterday in front of the local Newcastle press  corps,  and Newcastle have done well in the league lately, winning four of the last five and five of the last seven games in the Premier League.

But it will be a tough game tomorrow, and we know that Tottenham have lost only one home game in the league all season, and of  12 league games at home they have won nine of them.

Pardew expects it to be a tough game tomorrow, but he expects his Newcastle side to stay in the game, even though we have a number of injuries in the squad.

Anything out of this game tomorrow will be a good result for Newcastle at White Hart Lane.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • MrToon

    Feb 10, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

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  • MrToon

    Feb 10, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Shame to hear about Best. He would still be my third choice. Maybe loven will become the new third

  • ParisToon

    Feb 10, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Interesting to see how much ditraction the floppy chops affair, tax, england manager, etc. has disrupted the spuds preparation?

  • fungus44

    Feb 10, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    we should be ok we have a great strike force in Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba ,don,t think spurs will cope ,well i hope they can,t

  • Spready

    Feb 10, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Papiss Cisse reminds me a little of Andy Cole back in the day. His link up play and understanding between him and Demba was great @ Villa. With our wings linking in nicely I can see us terrorising Spurs defence. Obertan’s been good last couple of games so I am optimistic even though our track record in Ldn is never as good as we’d like. I’d like to see Gutherie play again as he was great last match. I’d even play 4 in mid and have HBA as a deep third mid stricker… there’s a thought!

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 10, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    one good thing abt BEST being injured is it brings other into contention and gives us something to talk abt. 😉

    sorry, could not resist that


  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 10, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #7

    It is a big blow that we have lost so many people to long term injuries this season.

    I do find it a bit strange that AP thinks Best has been “great” this season, but maybe “great” means something different in English compared to Danish 😉

  • Demba_Ba

    Feb 10, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #8

    we have a better strike force , equal if not better defence , Superior goal keeper only thing for me is our midfield where they outclass us on paper to me this is where the game will be lost or won , im going to predict a 1-1 draw we seem to be on a high and i can just see a dip of form from spurs with no van defoe ect 3 points would be amazing !

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #9

    the only negative with US winning

    Arsenal losing
    Liverpool losing

    is that,
    the scums would have won too,
    darn, cant have everything 🙁

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    i guess ben ARFA IS our 3 rd striker behind ba and cisse

  • jayphoto

    Feb 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #11

    I think if you ask Demba Ba he would say best has been great! Best’s running and off the ball work have been a major part in demba getting so many goals! No coincidence he scored more when Best was playing to when shola or Ben arfa went up top! Problem is he doesnt score enough goals and ultimately, thats what a striker is on the pitch to do! I like him as a squad player though!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Sorry, Best’s running???

  • wynsleap

    Feb 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #13

    We’ll “go there in good heart and hopefully get the right result”.
    “We can only go and do the best job we can do”.
    We can “hopefully cope with all that’s going on”.
    Call that upbeat Ed?
    Let’s face it Cisse for Best and Perch for Taylor isn’t exactly going to weaken us is it?
    Thought Pardew would be really bigging it up this weekend. I hope this guarded reticence doesn’t filter through to the players. as they should be going there
    with absolute confidence.

  • oo aa demba ba

    Feb 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #14


    what best are you watching?? when he’s played for us he never stops running and hounding the defence, hence his last few games he had to be brought off out of sheer exhaustion at having to do his running as well as shola’s. Remember we signed the lad for 650,000 and he’s still a decent premier league striker, and i bet he’s on pennies compared to some of the strikers about. I’d have him in my squad anyday

  • oo aa demba ba

    Feb 10, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #15

    and tomorrow is another opportunity to show we can hack it with the big boys, and i personally think we are in a good position for it despite not having cabaye/tiote. Cinical finishing from the demba’s and a solid back line with good covering from midfield when the likes of bale and modric break through should see us come away with a result. and even a draw would be a bloody good result if we put in a performance to go with it

  • Brutooon

    Feb 10, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Sad about best, he look like a good 3rd striker.

  • Howden Mag

    Feb 10, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Do some people honestly expect Pardew to criticise one of his players publicly? Do you also think he talks to the players during the week and pre game as he does to the press? The press are given lip service to quench their needs and provide back page news. What happens in the club in most instances should stay in the club. Why should Pardew criticise any player that he may need to use on another occasion. If it makes you happy, ” Best is out for the season but he’s been useless and won’t be missed. Spurs is no problem we will just attack from the start in a 4-3-3formation we should get loads of goals, they might only get a couple, easy win”

  • bills-son

    Feb 10, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Howden Mag @ 17 … spot on.

    What managers say to the press and what they say on the training ground and in the dressing room are totally different.

    The press know that, the players know but sadly many fans don’t. Thats why they should never believe everything they read in the papers.

  • Premiership Manager

    Feb 10, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Too many people on here don’t know enough about football and what is required of a team and players. Best like Simpson and Raylor has been excellent for us this season and will be sadly missed.

    The two people who have under performed/under achieved are Aemobi and HBA yet people still sing the praises of HBA because every now and then he shows signs of promise but then fails to deliver. I’m not going to question his ability but his overall contribution and team ethics leave a lot to be desired.

    Another player who has had his critics is Obertan but watch this space because in the last two games he has shown signs of progress and will IMO go on to become a very good player for us and expect to see him cutting in and Cisse going out wide to supply Ba. In addition with the pace of Cisse and Obertan we will be very dangerous on the break.

    With the excption of Aemobi I can’t think of one player who hasn’t improved under the leadership of Pardue and I only hope that we can persuade Ba, Guthrie, Simpson and Colo to sign new contracts before the transfer window opens.

    Guthrie has been superb and if you put me on the spot I’d currently pick him over Cabaye. We still haven’t seen the best of him yet as he is good going forward but without Tiote to cover he has had to moderate his attacking tendencies which are equally as good as Cabayes.

    Against Spurs I expect to see Ba and Cisse up front with Obertan, Perch, Guthrie and Jonas in midfield.

    If we can contain Bayle and retain possesion we have a very good chance of coming away with a result.

    What we can’t afford to do is go a goal up and then take Ba or Cisse off in the second half and attempt to sit on the goal. If we let Spurs attack without being able to counter we will lose the game.

  • MidlandMag85

    Feb 10, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #20

    I think this is our strongest squad in some time, not only do we have a top 5 starting 11 our back up players ie, Guthrie, Perch, ferguson, best, etc etc, we have a very capable squad.

    i think we need to offload, Smith (Permanently) lovenkrands, kadar, ranger, might make us next to no money with regards to money coming in, but money saved would enable us to buy 2-3 very good overseas players, i think with Mr Carr at the head we have the strongest scouting network in the premier league, stronger than that of arsenals nowadays, ok so i don’t know who the other clubs have on their radar, but whenever we get linked with a player a few days later other PL clubs namely liverpool are also linked, i think that say’s enough.

    this is by far my favorite season as a newcastle fan, and long may it continue.


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