Leon Best – I Loved My Time At Newcastle


Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said some good things about Leon Best today, after the 25 year-old signed on at Blackburn Rovers for a fee reported to be around £3M.

Leon Best – scores the winner against QPR last season

We thought Leon Best was a decent player for Newcastle, and he really stepped up to the plate brilliantly for Newcastle after Andy Carroll left for Liverpool.

In those first four months of 2011, Leon scored a great 6 goals in 12 appearances for the Magpies, in our first season back in the top flight, and that ensured we remained out of any relegation trouble that season.

So we’ll always thank Leon for that,  and we have a feeling he’ll do just great at Blackburn – we hope he does in any case.

Alan Pardew is nothing if not a straight arrow, and the Newcastle manager has admitted that it was best for Best to leave Newcastle (sorry about that one), for the sake of his career.

Alan Pardew had this to say to the Shields Gazette today.

“Leon did a great job for me.” “But the thing about Leon is that he needed regular first-team football.” “You can only play a role where you’re in and out of the team for so long.”

“I felt it was right for him, and everybody concerned, that he moved on.” “He’s found himself a club where he’ll be playing in the first team, and we all wish him the best of luck.”

Best worked with Blackburn manager Steve Kean at his former club Coventry, so that should help, and there are reports that Rovers are paying him handsomely on a four year deal at Ewood Park, so that gives the lad some security and stability.

We know some Blackburn fans think  £3M is probably a little too much to pay, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and we’ll just have to wait and see how Leon does for them next season.

And Blackburn seemed determined to come straight back up, and they have also signed Danny Murphy and Nuno Gomes from Fulham, so we wish the club, who won the Premier League in 1995, all the best for the coming season.

Leon is a great gut too, and he says he’s loved his time on Tyneside:

“I loved my time at Newcastle, but there was also a lot of disappointment there.” “Last season, I got a lot of assists alongside Demba Ba, and a few goals myself.

“No matter what you do, you still find yourself sitting on the bench.” “I love playing games, and when you are sat on the bench, it’s not nice. I’ve never had a good run.”

“Either injuries have hit, other strikers have come in or the boss hasn’t given me a chance.”

We’ll be following Leon and Blackburn next season, and for the sake of the great Blackburn fans, we really hope they can come straight back up – that’s the least they deserve after the trials and tribulations of the last 18 months..

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90 comments so far

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #1

    The Debuchy rubbish all has shades of Gervinho last summer.

    I say we stop talking about him. It’ll make it less painful when he doesn’t join.

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Howay besty. Good luck old bean.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #3

    he was the 1 scoring for us when our strikers were injured etc. Always liked him as i think with a good run in the first team he might just turn out to be a quality striker. Won’t bet against him scoring 30 goals in the championship.

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  • Robbanufc

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Best is MINT! Best of luck to you!

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #5

    ON the Hoilett news as I said earlier I think it is a mistake.

    Im sure we could have struck up a contract that started on about £40k/week rising to £50k if he had a good first season.

    Personally would have just given it to him. For a £5m signing (comp fee).

    The lad has bags of talent for a 21 year old. And its not as someone said earlier just because he was in a sh!t team he looked good. He genuinely had the ability to get at defenders. I think he could be perfect to play in the hole.

    Debuchy-Colo-Saylor-Santon
    ———Tiote —–Cabaye
    HBA———Hoilett—–Marveaux
    ————–Cisse/Ba

    Now that is a team with real potential.

    anyone think Jonas could do a job in the hole? He’s played there a few times. He can play a good pass. And his crossing is w@nk but there were times in the championship he showed he can have a right shot on him. Plus. Extra protection for Benny from a roaming role in that position.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #6

    ToonDownSouth

    You may be correct. Myself included we seem to have been convinced we are signing him.

    Weird that we’ve not heard about much in the way of other RBs we are looking at

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  • Hatem

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #7

    TDS, don’t remind me.

    Good luck Besty, helped us through a lot of hard times, got the winner against QPR when Ba was away, and also two great finishes against Fulham, thanks for the dedication. Now we need another striker a full back and a centre half, not holding out for any though tbh

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  • Hatem

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Also on the subject of Best, does anyone think he sorta plays like a Sunday League player, the way he shoots etc. So unorthodox on the pitch.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #9

    @Toonboy_84

    old bean …?

    You’ve either been reading old Biggles books or you went to Eton in the 1920’s.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #10

    TBH guys. We were right to pass on Gervinho and there was talk that we couldve actually got him but turned him down in the end.

    Good luck to Best. Hope this move signals that we are on the up. I think he will bang them in in the champ and come back to the prem a new Besty I reckon.

    Back to Hoilett, love his ability but actually wanna slap him and his dad. I hate footballers. no justice with 21 year olds making demands like that (though i said he’s worth it). Football worldwide needs an overhaul and a reconfiguring of the economics. More Corporate Social Responsibility should be done.

    It comes to a point when you shouldnt be baning for money you dont need.

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  • 09nufc09

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #11

    Lgfuad… Last season a few days before we signed demba ba the chronicle and the journal both reported that we had no intention of signing ba because he was too expensive and had bad knee, few days later he was standing in sjp with a newcastle top. They know as much as us because we dont leak info to the press anymore, if a tranfer target gets out its normally the other club thats leaked it, look at tiote, cisse, marveaux none of them were reported until they were signed.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Hatem

    Agree kind of.

    remember Pardew saying he was the best finisher at the club.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #13

    Ha its offical gyan has fcuked off from rhe unwashed

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #14

    09nufc09

    You give me hope dude.

    We were linked with Cisse before (and I always hoped we would sign him not Maiga)
    I remember a Cabaye link that seemed pretty reliable. Called the Cabaye signing and had watched him a bit at the end of Lille’s seaon. Friends were like “how did you call that?”
    We were also linked to Ba quite a bit before season ended but you’re right it was quite before he signed. I never expected it. Was really happy when he did though. Always knew he could do a great job here.

    Fingers crossed we can pull off Debuchy. The link is genuine it’s just whether we can convince him. Apparently he’s only valued at £6m and Lille said they would let him go out of respect for the service he has done. I’ve heard that Manure are more interested in Clyne than Debuchy.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Think we might have made a mistake here. We should have got rid of Shola Ameobi instead. I also hoping that we get rid of Simpson and Williamson and also Dan Gosling on either a loan or permanent basis.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #16

    13toonarmydownsouth

    Good news in terms of Mackems loosing their one good player.

    But for Gyan it is a terrible move motivated by nothing but money. He’s a decent player in his prime (always felt he could do better with proper service) but he’d rather go to some joke league for money.

    #noambition

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #17

    In the 2nd half of the season, Best performed even a bit worse than Ba when he was subbed in on the left hand side in a 4-3-3.
    And Shola had had numerous subs where he looked quite lively and was a force to be reckoned with.
    Cisse is a no brainer.
    Sorry Best, u had that kind of a season due to injuries and being a number 4 striker at the end of the season due to performance.
    It’s just how it is. Still like the guy tho, and should we face Blackburn in a cup, i’d applaud Best if he played.

    True pro.

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  • obatoyou

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #18

    We better come first next season swear 2 god, im gonna so pissed off u owe me.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #19

    Besty showed flashes of brilliance, quick feet and some good goals.

    But as I read in another article yesterday. He was born offside and 9/10 couldn’t hit a barn door from five yards.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #20

    LGFUAD21
    Oh aye gyans a greedy git as you just funny cos its tge mackems

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #21

    Ketsbaia9

    Aye. Then brought in Goodwillie. I also think we should go in for David McGoldrick from Nottingham Forest. He’s got backs of potential. Reckon he could get a good 15 goals in the Prem.

    I think we should sell every player over the age of 25 because experience means nothing in football these days. Who would want a long serving player that is fully behind the team, great behind the scenes at advising younger players and motivating the squad keeping morale up.

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  • Mark29Hungary

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #22

    @LGFUAD21

    If the Debuchy buisness will not work:

    ________Krul
    Santon, Saylor, Colo, Jonas
    Cabaye, Tioté, Marveaux
    HBA____Cissé___Ba

    Last season Jonas was a buit slow as a winger, but he’s enough fast as a right/left back.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #23

    toonarmydownsouth

    Definitely. They arent even signing anyone half decent. O’Neil will resign this season or be sacked when they are fighting for life at the bottom.

    KARMA IS A BEAUTIFUL THING.

    BTW what the feck was that mackem doing on here yesterday Ronaldo7?????

    There’s going on other teams blogs for a spy on what their saying. Hell even going on a posting Kets like silly posts for fun of it. But to come on a blog unsublte like. What a keyboard warrior? Bet that made up for being a eunuch or something

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  • Hatem

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #24

    better than Messi-

    The goal against QPR really show cased his talent, his feet looked like Hatem’s for those few seconds and the finish was calm. I really hope he does well, because he’s got the confidence to perform, and he always puts in a shift

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #25

    Hatem’s better than Messi

    I think most of our strikers were born offside in the past. It’s like Fifa when the AI moves your player all into offside positions and then you have Benny just like “WHAT THE FUDGE, IMA HAVE TO DO THIS ONE MESEF LYK”

    Mark29Hungary
    I think Jonas can do a good shift as a LB. He is an asset he is Spiderman.

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  • studsy

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #26

    Afternoon lads! Been some rumours brewing around on twitter over the past hour that newcastle are set to announce at least one new player by 1pm today…

    Just rumours, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled on the club site.

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  • josh

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #27

    Ketabia just shit the f*** up you whiney dingbat. You really are a negative leach clinging on to the anus of humanity. Your opinion is worth jack s*** to 99.9% of the people on this blog. Your a total, total tool my friend. Give it a rest please every time I see you have posted my eyes have an epileptic fit.

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  • josh

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #28

    Shut*

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 6, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Off topic: I hope the club has a quick rethink and lets Cisse play in the Olympics.

    Banning him is hardly in the Olympic spirit and he’ll only miss friendlies.

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  • studsy

    Jul 6, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Lol josh, you try to be all civil and use **** instead of swearing and then that happens!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 6, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #31

    *sigh*
    My fellow bloggers i have an apology to make ketsbia9
    Ive given the lad a hard time lately but truth be told im jealous 
    I wish i could speak as much sense as he but that is impossible and pribably the main reason pardew carr ashley llambas and charney listen to his every word on tender hooks
    I’ve seen the light, just as the NUFC board and our very own ED have
    Maybe one day the club will start making signings and scout players soley on my suggestion and hey ed might even start writing articles inspired by my humble posts.

    Until that day i shall merely embrace the font of all knowledge and eagerly await our star signings of kirkland bramble scharner and every RB in the league as they are all better than simpson.

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  • Hatem

    Jul 6, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #32

    josh, don’t like to hand out advice, but if you ignore his posts he WILL go away. Same has happened in the past with many a’ mackem. So just don’t rise to it, he’s a wind up merchant.

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  • 09nufc09

    Jul 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #33

    Lgfuad… Cisse was linked on the last day on the summer tranfer market last year then in the january the local press reported after maiga failed his medical that we had no intention of signing a striker and would carry on with ba, best and ameobi. Then cisse turned up atthe training ground.
    Im hopeful of debuchy happening because they were right with cabaye and hes coming from the same club. Wouldnt be suprised if we signed someone that we havent been linked with tho.

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  • Jay K

    Jul 6, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #34

    Club photographer enters with bag and camera in hand. While Simmo leaves with bag and coat

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 6, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #35

    @Jay K

    Is Cabaye there still?
    Perhaps Debuchy is getting a medical?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 6, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Any talk of a medical today is obviously for Bigirimana….

    Please stop any talk of a certain French RB.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 6, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #38

    josh

    You tell him.

    Im like a 12 year old girl right now and this is shaping up to be a real Twilight scenario.

    Team Josh all the way.

    Back to Spiderman (well actually it was only me talking about him in first place). He reminds me of a friend of mine who goes by the nickname of Sketchy from our skater days. Whenever he played football he used to occasionally pull of these ridiculous tricks to beat people. We’d ask him how he did it and he would always say he hadnt a clue. He could never reproduce the same trick. It was magical.

    Jonas is a bit like that offensively in that every time he beats a man its like he doesnt even know how he’s doing it. No control over his legs.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 6, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #39

    Nufc786 that lad is quality

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  • nufc786

    Jul 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #40

    toonarmydownsouth and we are linked with him out of the blue……

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