We’ve been reporting that it looks like Leon Best could be back before the end of the season, and Leon himself has validated that this morning.
Leon Best congratulated after scoring winner against QPR
Best suffered a knee ligament injury and had been almost written off for the season, but his recovery is now ahead of schedule and it looks like he will start some light running next week in training.
Newcastle need as many players back as possible to assist in the push for a Europa League position, and Cheick Tiote is back on Sunday and Ryan Taylor hopefully will be fit enough for the home game against Liverpool on April 1st.
Wins are what Newcastle need, and a win on Sunday at West Brom would be great, and could even see Newcastle in 5th place.
That depends on how Chelsea fare in their next two league games, starting at Manchester City tonight and then at home to Tottenham on Saturday – two tough games.
With Peter Lovenkrands ruled out for the rest of the season, it will be good to get Leon Best back, because this lad can score some goals for Newcastle.
Leon was with fellow striker Demba Ba yesterday, to promote Newcastle’s full participation in the Show Racism the Red Card initiative, and this is what the Nottingham-born 25 year-old striker had to say:
“I’m going to be back running hopefully in the next week, ten days,” “I’m doing leg-strengthening exercises now and it feels good so I’ve got confidence I’ll be back before the end of the season to play games.”
“I want to be part of what we’re doing here.” “I’ve been going to every game and kicking the chair in front of me, but I’m only really happy when I’m on the pitch.”
“To get fit with the possibility of being in the Euros, that’s in the back of my mind, now I need to get fit and play a couple of Newcastle games to show that I’m fit enough to go.”
“I’m confident I can get some games under my belt before the summer.” “I feel like when I’ve played this season I’ve showed what I’m capable of and that I can do just as well as everyone else.”
“Before I moved to this club I did have opportunities to go to other places, but I thought if I came here and did well I’d get the respect I want. It’s a massive club and I have done well when I’ve come in.”
“I’ve enjoyed playing with Demba and look forward to playing with him even more as well as Papiss and Hatem Ben Arfa. But again, it’s good options for the manager.”
“He’s got players on the bench that have proved they can do it as well as players on the pitch who are doing it.” “The original target was to give ourselves a chance to be in the position and now we’re in that position we’ll fight for our lives to get it.”
“I think we’ve done very well to be able to put ourselves in this position and personally I think we’ll do it.”
Best seems fully committed to Newcastle, and there has been talk of Newcastle possibly selling him in the summer, but we doubt that will happen, although Peter Lovenkrands will be allowed to leave when his contract runs out in June.
Leon has four goals in 21 appearances for Newcastle this season and in 46 total appearances for Newcastle he has notched 10 goals.
There’s a good chance Newcastle will bring in a young striker in the summer, and we think Jordan Rhodes is a possibility, as the 22 year-old Huddersfield striker and Scottish International has smashed in 33 goals for the Yorkshire side this season in 32 appearances.
Then we would have five strikers – a younger striker like Jordan as one possibility – and Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi and Leon Best.
That’s a powerful strike force.