News today that Blackburn Rovers have had a £2M bid for Leon Best accepted by Newcastle United.
Leon Best – £2M bid accepted by Newcastle
Newcastle had also agreed a £2M fee with Celtic for the player, but Leon Best seems not to want to move north of the border.
That’s especially true because of the situation at Rangers being so uncertain, and if they are not part of the Scottish Premier League that could have grave implication in Scotland.
We’re not sure Leon will be too happy to move down a division either, having joined Newcastle from Coventry City in January of 2010, when Newcastle finished up winning the Championship by a full 11 points form West Brom, and of course finished 5th top of the Premier League last season.
Leon Best got the job done for Newcastle early last year, when his 6 goals in just 12 appearances for Newcastle helped Newcastle get through the season, after the club sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35M on January 31st of that year, and hadn’t time to bring in a a suitable replacement.
And in Leon’s very first Premier League start for Newcastle he scored a hat-trick when Newcastle demolished West Ham 5-0 at St, James’ Park on 5th January.
It would appear that the expected departure of striker Yakubu to China, to get some big money at the end of his career, is why Blackburn are after a new striker.
And the situation at Blackburn is hardly a good one, with Indian owners Venkys unliked by the fans, and it seems they still have faith in their manager Steve Kean, who’s seems to have done nothing to have justified that faith, with his dismal record at Blackburn.
Steve Kean’s record at Blackburn, where he took over without any previous management experience, is that he’s managed 66 games, won 17, drew 14 and lost 35, for a win percentage of 25.8 and a loss percentage of 53 – not good.
Basically since Venkys came in and took over the club in late 2010, they almost immediately fired former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce, and appointed the then third in command Kean as the new manager, and that set the club on a downward spiral which ended up in relegation in May.
And that was after they had narrowly avoided relegation in the previous season.
We’d be a little surprised if Leon ends up at Blackburn, since he’s good enough to remain in the Premier League with some other club. And we feel sorry for the Blackburn fans, who will be going through the pain Newcastle fans were in a short three years ago, after our first relegation ever from the Premier League.