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.