With all the furore around Papiss Cisse’s £8 million move to Newcastle United, you could be forgiven for forgetting that Leon Best scored the winner against Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League at the weekend and that he’ll be the man upon which the burden will fall against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday. Demba Ba’s rise to prominence has put Leon in the shadow, but with Ba and Cisse at the African Cup of Nations, Best has a handful of games to show Alan Pardew what he’s made of. However, can Leon Best build on his goal against QPR and effectively lead the line for Newcastle in the next few weeks?
Leon Best has had a strange career at Newcastle since joining from Coventry. At first he couldn’t buy a goal in a black and white shirt and he hardly got a game. Then, this time last year when Andy Carroll departed Tyneside, Best stood up to the plate and scored some very important goals for Newcastle, including a well-taken hat-trick against a hapless West Ham at St James’ Park. After starting this season brightly he slowly went off the boil and lost his scoring touch, but hopefully his cool finish against QPR will change that.
I came across an interesting interview with Leon Best on the BBC Sport website, which gives you an insight into Leon’s childhood. Like it has for many people, it seems that football has helped Best avoid a bleak future and for that he will always be thankful and recognise how important the beautiful game is to him. He also said an interesting phrase, which was “work like a slave, eat like a king” – a work ethic that is sure to please Pardew, as long as the Irish international doesn’t start to pile on the pounds!
The BBC also started the video by making BEST an acronym for four words that describe the striker’s attributes. They went for “Brave, Energetic, Spirited, Tenacious.” That’s pretty complimentary for the 25-year-old and although I like Leon, the acronym I’d give Best using his surname wouldn’t be quite so flattering. I’d go for “Brilliant Every now and then, Sometimes Terrible”. Let’s hope that he’s brilliant more often than not for Newcastle in their upcoming matches.
What acronym would you use to BEST describe Leon? Leave your suggestions below…