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Good News – Newcastle Striker Is Fit Again

9:12 am, Saturday, April 14th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Injuries · Leon Best · Newcastle News





20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Apr 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Getting his slimfast mixed up with laxative on matchday is too good for Ashley.

  • 2 WWJBD // Apr 14, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Leon Best is Mint :)

    And in a 442 has a fair shout at being the best partner for Ba.

  • 3 BonVoyageBenny // Apr 14, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Really though, does Best stand a chance in getting into the matchday squad? Playing the 4-3-3 we are at the moment, it really leaves us with one striker spot, with wingers elsewhere. Yes I know Demba is playing the left wing at the moment but we’ve always replaced him with Shola, and the way he is playing when he comes on, it will continue like that. Our bench is made up primarily of midfielders as that’s the position we’re more than likely going to need to replace.

  • 4 supervil // Apr 14, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    @Jail for Ashley

    you must be a mackem aye? thick as f***

  • 5 Wor Shearer // Apr 14, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    You can stop slagging off Ashley now. Nobody’s interested anymore.

  • 6 Wor Shearer // Apr 14, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Shola’s been a great Sub this season, I don’t see Best getting many minutes on the Park.

  • 7 catchy in norway // Apr 14, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    wwwjb

    not sure if your taking the pssss with that one,

    he is one of the players that is not good enough for our squad let alone first team,
    if our team is to improve we need player that do the there supposed to do
    ie
    wingers cross
    forwards score
    defenders stop

    we have a few players in the squad dont do anything other than run,

  • 8 WWJBD // Apr 14, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    JfA
    I still support ur right to crack jokes at the portly gentlemen of illegitimate lineage. Also still raises a smile ;)

  • 9 WWJBD // Apr 14, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Catchy
    In what way has Best done anything to prove he is not good enough for the squad?

    We weren’t fighting relegation with him in the starting line up week in week out

  • 10 Indian Magpie // Apr 14, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    leon best is rubbish, imho

  • 11 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 14, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Catchy in every game hes played this season hes best has drifted wide left so wwjbd is not far off saying hed be in with a shout maybe not starting but i can see him coming on against stoke

    Indian magpie your post are boring negative and full of sh1t every time imho

  • 12 Tooooon // Apr 14, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Ive just watched all of hi previous Newcastle game, and they’re all tap ins, tap ins when the ball is crossed in, and he miss kicks or miss heads then luckily the ball falls in a plate or him to jut hit it back in.

  • 13 ShanghaiMag // Apr 14, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Has scored 10 in 29 premier league appearances for us, not bad. Especially when he was helping Ba a lot during first 20 games.

    Will he start? no, but if we are behind with 20 minutes to go or Ba/Cisse get injured then he is a good enough replacement.

  • 14 Indian Magpie // Apr 14, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    toonarmydownsouth

    if they are, well then keep your F***** mouth shut and concentrate on other posts

  • 15 Pardew's fist pump // Apr 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Can anyone deficient in sense of humour, kindly bog off.

    Jail

    I think some on here lack the IQ to understand self-parody, I find your ‘to good for Ashley’ posts amusing, keep ‘em coming! :P

    On topic, I think Best could challenge Ba for that LW spot, should he get up to speed quickly. He scored that great goal, where he chopped it across the defender and calmly slotted against QPR(?), from there. Looked at least as effective as Ba in that position, think he has more aggression and likes the physical side more too, which can be an advantage against some lightly built FBs.

    If nothing else, his determination to get back in, will put the onus on Ba to step his game up.

  • 16 Graeme // Apr 14, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Best is what we have as back-up. Until we get something substantially better – he will have to do!!

  • 17 Russ and Roll // Apr 14, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    TBH i cant really see Besty getting tooo many games, even next season. Think we should sell him on and use the money we get from him and put it towards a new stricker. ALso if we can kick Xisco out and get some wonga for him, we may be able to bring in someone young and talented.

  • 18 BarcelonaMag // Apr 14, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    The lad battles hard but he lacks the killer instinct and touch. He’d be a great asset to a Championship team now, though, with his experience of the top flight.

  • 19 bobby jay // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    jail keep the posts coming

    bestys determination will help fuel the overall energy and buzz throughout the squad, even if he doesnt play hes still a good character to have around the team

  • 20 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Apr 15, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Would it be an idea to bring Besty on for BA in the second half against Stoke!

    I for one would be curious to see how he would link up with Cisse! Hows about this for the team against Stoke:

    KRUL

    Simpson Perch Collo Santon

    Hatem Tiote Cabaye Jonas

    Cissse Best

    You could replace Best with Ba in the second half or even have BA on alongside Cisse in the first half and put Besty on for the second!




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