After his second-half cameo against the Cottagers on Sunday afternoon it raises the question of whether Leon Best will be able to continue his form in the next few fixtures and beyond.
During the game at St James’ Park, Best demonstrated why he is a quality player. He showed that he has an excellent touch and is one of the more skilful members of our squad. Best is not the standard of a world class striker but his performance against Fulham certainly showed that he is able to produce the goals for us. His second goal was one of very high quality, backheeling the ball so that he could turn and score to bag him a brace against the London side. If that was Rooney there would have been more attention paid to it.
The other thing that counts for Best on Sunday was that when the chances came they were scored. That’s what being a striker is about. When an opportunity arises you have to take it and that is certainly what the Republic of Ireland international did.
When Best had his run in the team during the last half of last season it certainly did his confidence the world of good. He was playing consistently in a team that was grinding out results to help us on our way to safety. He hit top gear for us as well as he managed to notch up a lot of goals before his season was curtailed by injury. During that period that Best has played in he managed to notch up six goals in ten starts. A very impressive stat for a player who had not previously managed to hit the target for Newcastle.
The other impressive thing that I noticed during the Fulham game was how he linked well with Demba Ba for his second goal. Ba knew where Best was and fed the ball perfectly to him for his second goal. The two of them linking together could be a very strong point for our team. If they continue to demonstrate that they understand how each other play then they could be a particularly strong duo up front.
I feel that if Best gets the opportunity to be consistently played I feel he will thrive on that and it will give a huge boost to his confidence. Playing every game would allow him to have a chance of bagging more goals and potentially help us on our way to finishing higher than our 12th placed finish last season.
Best may not be the solution to our striking problems but if he does continue to play regularly for the team then I feel he may be able to provide a number of goals for us this season. His goals for us have been top notch and he has certainly begun to show that he is a very good capable striker for Newcastle United.
If he gets a long run in the team this year then I certainly feel he will be able to deliver the goods for us. Do you?