Good news for Newcastle fans is that Leon Best is now fully fit and back in full training again.
Leon Best – after scoring against Fulham
Leon has been out of action since injuring his knee in the Aston Villa game in February, and the initial prognosis was that he could be out for the rest of the season.
But the good news is that Leon Best will be fit for the next home at home to Stoke City a week today, and yesterday we heard that both Cheick Tiote and Danny Guthrie are also likely to be fit for that game.
It must be tough when you are out injured, and Leon says he has missed the banter with the Newcastle players:
“My missus will tell you I have been a bit miserable for the last nine weeks, but I am like a kid being back at school after the holidays.”
“I am delighted. I loved it and I am just buzzing to be back training.” “That is going to help me because I am buzzing around and running around unnecessarily, which is going to get me fitter again!”
“I just feel happy. It is nice to be back among it and I will be back on the banter.”
Leon started the game at Aston Villa, but when he was injured in the first half, it created a situation that saw Papiss Cisse come on for his Newcastle United debut.
And of course in the second half of that game, Papiss hit that great winner with his left foot, to begin his goal tally for Newcastle United.
In 9 games Cisse has now scored 10 goals, and he looks a supreme striker, who can score with either foot and with his head, and from almost any position around the penalty area.
To think this lad cost only £8M, according to Chief Scout Graham Carr, shows you what a well-oiled machine Newcastle are in the transfer market these days.
It’s good to see Leon back, and we will now have four top strikers available for the run-in – Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi and Leon Best.
It will mean Newcastle should have a strong bench in the last five games of the season, as we try to qualify for Europe, by finishing as high up in the league table as possible.