Leon Best On His Way To Blackburn?

News today from the  Lancashire  press that Leon Best has been offered some good terms by Blackburn Rovers, in an effort to entice the Irish International striker to play in the Championship next season.

Leon Best – in Ireland colors

There is news today that Blackburn expect some of their top players to leave the club this summer, and they will not stand in their way, but rather rely on some of their top youngsters coming through for next season, plus one or two top signings, presumably like Leon Best.

News in the Evening Chronicle this morning from Lee Ryder that Best’s compensation will increase,  if he plays well and scores goals next season, and helps get Blackburn back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

That’s a wise financial move by Blackburn, because if they do manage to get straight back up to the Premier League, they will have enough money to pay out the bonuses, and if they don’t get back first time, they will have no no bonuses to pay out.

Leon Best would seem to have no future at Newcastle, and the Magpies will be bringing in at least one new striker this summer, and another one if  Demba Ba leave Newcastle, via that release clause of his.

The Chronicle is reporting that Blackburn have offered £3M, rather than the £2M that has been quoted in recent news, and that would seem to be a good deal for Newcastle, but there’s also no doubt that Best is now a better player than when he arrived at Newcastle in January of 2010.

Nigerian striker Yakubu has already Rovers left for some big wages to Chinese club Guangzhou, and other players like Martin Olsson are also expected to leave Rovers this summer, and we wonder if Newcastle would be interested in the Swedish International?

£3M for Best would be a good deal and we think Leon did his job at Newcastle, especially in the early part of last year when he hit 6 goals in just 12 appearances for Newcastle, after Andy Carroll had surprisingly left for Liverpool in a stunning  £35M move,  paid out to the Tyneside club in cool cash.

Celtic are also interested in Best, but with the Glasgow Rangers situation still being up in the air, the status of the Scottish Premier League is uncertain at the moment, and certainly the standard of play and the pitches in England’s second  division are superior to those north of the border.

But we still think Leon may want to hold out,  in case a Premier League club comes a calling.

And players will start leaving the club,  as Newcastle try to build a stronger squad, but Leon did well at Newcastle, and helped us get where we are today.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • magpiemover

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #1

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Martin Olsson would be a shrewd cheap signing ..

  • dmac

    Jun 23, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #3

    As posted in last thread. Feel a bit sorry for the lad as he has fallen so far down the pecking order. He has been a decent enough player for us and i wish him all the best.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    It could always just go down hill from here for Best; I mean where would he go from here: Citeh, Chelski, United or Arsenal?

    …what ever happened he would have to settle for less. And I never really rated him on this level. As Trappatoni has said, he is just too lazy.

    I know some don’t think so, but that is just difference of opinion 🙂

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #5

    I thank Leon for what he has done but a £3M for him would be a fantastic deal because I think he’s worth more than the earlier quoted £2M. Hopefully a deal can be secured and we can put it towards a deal for Luuk de Jong or John Guidetti to replace him.

  • Jan Stavik

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Keep Besty – he’s a decent backup player. Shola can be shipped out for me, he’s only performing against the M@ckems, and they we’ll beat anyway 😉

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Jan Stavik

    Well if rumors are correct and someone wants to pay £ 2.5 for Shola, then I would booth of them in a heart beat 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #8

    * sell both

  • cupiddstunt

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Don’t normally do reposts but this is the right thread for the post.

    Heard he was going for around 3 mil plus add ons so if that info is correct I think it is a far better reflection of his abilities.

    I know there are some on here that do not rate him but I think Best is potentially a quality striker who just needs a consistent run to get his confidence up to where his skills are, he is two footed sound in the air has reasonable pace and is quick to react in the goal area.

    He showed on several occasions that he has good first touch and know where the goal is, with the right type of midfield pushing the ball up I think Leon cold well be back in the prem again.

  • niafron

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #10


    Well, those are three very differrent case.

    Ben Zema:

    Before this defeat, he was the little darling of french football. No one would have dare criticize him.
    Now, he’s clearly a target.
    Especially, people did not apreciate the fact he was never front of the goal, but most of the time on the wings or very low on the pitch, like a midfielder.
    He’s now under huge pressure, but most of fans still trust him.


    THis is amazing for me, but everyone seem happy of what he’s doing now. The general opinion his “he make good games, and his behaviors is perfect”.

    Don’t know for his behaviors, but personnaly, i did not see him making good games…


    He take all the blows… The most common critic his about the fact he keep the ball far too much, wich is slowing down the play.
    Well, would be surpising if he play tonight.

  • markmac

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #11

    @6 i know shola’s always been a marmite figure but i thought he did well coming from the bench last season

  • Oldgit1

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #12

    Lets just thank Best, and let him move on with all our best wishes. Then lets look forward.

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Would be nice to see Leon in first team regular football for a club and see how he does if he comes up against us

  • miggy

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #14

    good luck to the lad he done a good job for us when called upon all the best

  • Oldgit1

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #15

    All you shola knockers, before this gets out of hand, leave him alone, he is our most experienced player where playing in europe is concerned and we will need him big time.
    Sick of the dick heads on this site who continue to be little him, hold your heads in shame.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #16


    It is funny, but it has been more or less the same criticism here in Denmark.

    Individually they are alll three great players but collectively they are a disturbance.

    As I have told you before I had m money and heart on France this time arounf, but even during the post Euro games is was evident that something was not right.

    I new Ribery was great, but for me both HBA and Menez was better or added for to the French tactic and game.

    Nasri I would have subbed any day, mostly because of what you wrote, but also because he messed up the whole balance of the midfield.

    I would play with Diarra and M’Vila just behind Cabaye and I would play Menez and HBA on the wings.

    Benzama has been a huge disappointment just like Nasri and where I come from you bench those and gibe someone else a chance. Giroud for me against Spain.

    Do you think HBA has burned his chances?

  • pbNcl

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #17

    I was jus minding my own business when, –beep beep– my shola alarm goes off! So here I am with my super shola flag and power armour! Haha

    On besty, I really like the lad and want him to do well. To say he is taking a step down is incredibly snobby. We all love our club and rate us so highly, but blackburn would be a good move for him, they have a rich history and no player would say thay are a crap club. They should bounce right back up. As long as they sort out a manager, unless this kean fella suddenly kicks into life bigtime!

    Ill be keepin an eye out for wor besty

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #18

    Shola may run out of steam after 60 mions but as a supersub, he has performed excellently, every time he came on in the second half of games he seemed to wreak havoc.

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #19

    Off topic am i the only one who would be happy if we signed 4 bench quality players (young potential though) and only 1 (2 max) first teamer? Along with quite a few reserve/ u-18 youngsters?

  • pbNcl

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #20

    There’s only onnneeeeeee sholaaa ameooobiiii!!!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #21


    Get of your high horse mate; no one is slating Shola. People are voicing an opinion.

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #22

    @Pbncl power armour? Brotherhood of shola! Lol
    shola is a good sub to see out games when the defenders strength is rapped. He holds up the ball and kicks in a pass for a strike partner or wins a free kick

  • niafron

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #23


    Possible team tonight:

    ———————Ben Zema————

    Concerning Ben arfa, it depend of what really happened. But many peolple think this tournament is already over for him.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #24


    I fear the same 🙁

    I really think Blanc should balance out midfield more and play with two DM in M’Vila and Diarra and a box to box midfielder in front of them in Cabaye.

    If France lose to Spain do you think Benzema, Nasri and Ribery are in the line of fire?

    What about Blanc? his contract runs out right?

  • Jan Stavik

    Jun 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #25

    Blanc is off to Spurs.

    And as of the “slating” of Shola, it’s amazing how people keep defending him. Open your eyes lads, if he was playing for another side we’d be laughing of him. He has the odd decent game, but normally he’s a huge frustration. It’s time to part with him, 50 goals in 10 years tells a pretty clear story.

  • graham cwarr

    Jun 23, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #26

    @Jan like we laugh at heskey? They both get somewhat unfair treatment. They aren’t natural goalscorers but hold te ball up and lay it off well especially to a smaller quicker striker. Heskey+Owen back in the day?
    Shola and ba worked well

  • Crawfordladd17

    Jun 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #27

    What are you on about Celtic Park, and Ibrox are alot better than Ewood Park, but fair enough with the other point, it is sad to be a Rangers fan as well, which I am, but we don’t do walking away

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jun 23, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #28


    SPL is pretty second rate despite the traditions of the Old Firm.
    He’d be better at Ewoood – it is a much more competitive league


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