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Leon Best Will Prove His Doubters Wrong

Leon Best is only concentrating on scoring goals for Newcastle,  and in the Premier League this year, Leon has scored 9 goals in 19 appearances for Newcastle United.

Leon Best – scoring against Fulham

And if that isn’t good enough for Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni, then so be it.

Trapattoni went on the defensive last week on why he hadn’t picked Leon for the Ireland squad, since Best  has the best scoring record of any Ireland striker in the Premier League this year, but the Italian said he told Leon why he was not in the squad, and that’s all he was going to say.

We have to assume it’s because he thinks Leon doesn’t work hard enough for the side,   but he’s becoming more unselfish and working hard for the Newcastle side, and at Wolves he worked his socks off, but of course he didn’t score.

Trapattoni was there at Molineaux, but he was not persuaded to choose Leon in his squad, and as we said – so be it.

And since  it also looks as though Ireland  have a decent chance of qualifying for the Eur 2012 finals next summer, we suppose if  Leon manages to hit 20 goals for Newcastle this season, then  maybe he will get in the Ireland squad for the finals –  but maybe not.

Leon is rightly concentrating on what he can do for Newcastle, and he talked to the local  Newcastle press today:

“We are definitely showing people what a good team we are now.” “I can’t wait to see the next interview Matt Le Tissier does on us.”

“He’s finding it hard to give us any compliments at the minute.”  ” I look forward to seeing what all of them say.” “We are showing them we can play football, score goals and win games.”

“We need to keep winning and 15 points from seven games speaks for itself.”

The comment about Matt le Tissier refers to the pundit’s comments on Leon’s form in the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa, when the former Southampton striker said that although Best scored in the game, he did precious little else,  and he pointed out that  Alan Pardew had still to play Best for a full 90 minutes.

Leon is right to take those comments as a challenge,  and just prove the so-called experts wrong, and after all Alan Pardew is an excellent coach for strikers, so whatever the Newcastle boss is telling him,  he just needs to keep his head down, and go out and do it.

The game against Spurs on Sunday is shaping up to be a massive game for Newcastle, and hopefully Leon will go out on Sunday afternoon  to prove his critics wrong – and a hat-trick would certainly do that. 😀

Leon continued:

“I think in a way the critics do help us. Definitely for me, I have had critics all my life and I enjoy proving people wrong.”   “Our start has been unbelievable and we are delighted.

“When people say things, it only increases our morale and brings us closer.”   “I had shots blocked against Wolves and I probably could have shot more, but Demba Ba was in better positions and I’ve played him in.”

” I’d be delighted for him to score as much as myself.”  “If we’re scoring goals, we’re winning games.”  “That’s the main thing, if we are successful individually we are going to be successful as a team.”  “We play for each other and gain each other’s trust.”

“We believe in each other on and off the pitch.”    “The most important thing to do before the international break was to get up to 15 points.”  “We wanted to stay in the top four and we’ve done that.”  

“Towards the end it got a bit hard at Wolves due to the weather and it was tough.”   “It  was humid and reminded me of America in the summer.”  “Going to America has helped us in the last few weeks actually.”

“You think at the time it’s hard in pre-season but you are working twice as hard. It has worked for us.”

Leon Best and Newcastle have done very well this season so far, and his partnership with Demba Ba is shaping up very nicely with Ba on 4 goals, Leon on 3 and Peter Lovenkrands having scored his brace at Nottingham Forest.

So the strikers are scoring the goals on Tyneside, and to be honest, everything has gone very well for Newcastle this season – and all we need now is a win against a top side – like Tottenham Hotspur for example.

Howay The Lads!!

21 comments so far

  • geordiedownsouth

    Oct 10, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #1

    lads any news on demba ba said he was injured on nufc.com

  • Dannyo

    Oct 10, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s only speculation mate, Ba was taken off against Wolves, cause someone stomped or something on his ankle.
    We’ve heard nothing about it from NUFC.
    So only speculation.

  • geordiedownsouth

    Oct 10, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #3

    cheers dannyo son really want him to stay fit as demba is just starting to hit form and having strolla on the pitch is like playin with 10 men!

  • Dannyo

    Oct 10, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Yup, i’m the same mate, hope it’s a rumor that stays a rumor. We need him, Best is good too, but i rate Ba higher. However, if Ba is out, it opens up for HBA to play behind Best. Not exactly a downgrade….

  • Geordie_In_Elmpt

    Oct 10, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Totally off subject, does anybody know if the toon do tickets for troops?

  • giimps

    Oct 10, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #6

    4 For Ba, 3 for Best 2 for lovaman and a big fat 0 for strolla.
    Please do not pick him I would rather have Sammy or Ranger than Strolla. Its no surprise that were scoring more goals with him out of the team though is it?

  • gmo16

    Oct 10, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #7

    I’ve just written the following on our site’s take on our start to the season…

    “And forget George Best – 2011 is the year of Leon. Former Coventry City striker Leon Best has always had his doubters, and it took him a while to find his feet at Newcastle. However, his record of nine goals in 14 Premier League starts is up there with the best strikers in the country. Best’s personality has endured him to fans, with his willingness to never go missing and always stand up and be counted making him something of an emerging cult hero. Handy in the air, a decent turn of pace and always willing to take a shot on, Best’s partnership with Demba Ba could turn out to be one of the surprises of the season.”

    http://freshairfootball.co.uk/2011/10/new-newcastle-quietly-going-well/ for the full article if you guys are interested, feedback appreciated!

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Oct 10, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #8

    remember guys Shola is fit and i think Shola will start dont know why but it feels like it

  • Marty-Toon

    Oct 10, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Hope BA is ok and Cabaye also,but as others have said.There is good back up in the team.
    Benny for BA and gosling for Cabaye.
    I understand the comments on Strolls but he does come good for us although he will be way off pace seeing he’s missed so much game time.
    Benny might be nice alongside the Arsenal killer in midfield and have Ranger in with Besty.
    Loven is probably before Ranger and Sammy but think he will be too small and less tricky for Spuds game
    Really looking forward to the game,just hope cab ayes bruising ain’t too bad.

  • Thump

    Oct 10, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #10

    A friend (usually fairly reliable – works with the club and that) has told me that Ba is “in recovery for at least a month” but Cabaye is ready and willing to play tomorrow. I think it’s time we cashed in our luck…

    Also, this concerned me.

    Do any of you remember Pards saying that there were “one or two” players suffering from over-confidence but he refused to name who? Obertan is obvious but…

    “I’d be delighted for him to score as much as myself.”

    Am I reading this wrong? Please tell me I am…

  • BigKirky

    Oct 10, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s funny to read that Best has picked up on what Le Tiss has said cos I’ve been monitoring his evaluations on Gillette Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports news.

    Good to see it’s got back to him and he wants to stick it to Le Tiss, as it benefits the team in the end. Apart from Alan McInally who usually says positive things about the toon, the rest on there haven’t given us much due and keep predicting defeats. Not bothered at all mind.

    I read on here before someone included Jeff Stelling with the guys on the panel which give the toon some grief, but I’d disagree, Jeff seems to defend us when iv heard him and usually has great things to say about the North East in general. He supports Hartlepool. There’s a great rant he has about the North East or a part of it think it is, live on air. You tube it, it’ll be on there.

    I hope we see Ben Arfa start on Sunday and Santon and Marveaux get a good half hour.

  • Scottishtoon95

    Oct 11, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Milking Mikes’ bulging pockets
    SAF must have north america covered as he’s already trying to get shea.

  • fungus44

    Oct 11, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #13

    thump until it on the official site i don,t be leave it about any player


    Oct 11, 2011 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #14


    This video is amazing, no one can’t laugh of Pardew at 30 seconds

  • Brutooon

    Oct 11, 2011 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Shola Ameobi is SHIT – in EVERY single season of the last 11 seasons he played with us!

  • ChicagoToon

    Oct 11, 2011 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #16
  • Sav

    Oct 11, 2011 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Trappatoni is famously stubborn and has repeatedly ignored a bunch of talented Irish players. Still, he’s getting decent results.
    But no NUFC fan cares if he and Le Tiss insult wor Leon and goad him into trying to prove them wrong. If they have to eat their words it’ll be because Best has scored and we are still winning, so long may it continue.

  • redondo77

    Oct 11, 2011 at 5:14 AM

    Comment #18

    Shola will play, hopefully for the last 15-20mins and we are 4 goals up.

  • redondo77

    Oct 11, 2011 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #19

    Best plays like Inzaghi, he tries to beat off side traps and playing on the shoulder of the last man. He got unlucky sometimes.
    The only change in the formation vs spurs will be Santon.

  • GarageFlower

    Oct 11, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #20

    Le tissier won’t change his views on Leon Best because thats the way he is,he’d prefer him to not get another goal or assist this season so he’s proved right.Hopefully at the end of the season he’ll realise those kind of remarks just made him look incompetent,not Leon Best.

  • G

    Oct 11, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Le Tissier making comments about a player not performing over 90 minutes, but scoring a goal. Anybody else thinking pot, kettle, black?


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