Best foot forward – New striker chomping at the bit!
Posted on February 3rd, 2010 | 21 Comments |
Leon Best has been speaking of his elation about sealing a deadline day move to Newcastle United. The 23 year old could be set to make his debut against Cardiff City on Friday night, and many fans willl be hoping for an instant impact against an in-form and free scoring Bluebirds team.
It’s a novelty we haven’t been used to recently, players giving interviews describing their arrival at the club, but we have been spoilt in the past week! The Republic of Ireland international said of his move;
“I am over the moon with this move. I think this is the best thing that could have happened to me.”
“I heard little bits and bobs at the start of the transfer window that Newcastle were interested.”
“When I heard it then I knew if there was anywhere I wanted to go it was there, they were my top choice.”
It also seems that unlike a certain Victor Moses, there was only ever going to be one destination for the 6ft 1in hitman, declaring;
“I had a lot of interest from others, but my heart was set on Tyneside.”
“I got the phonecall on Sunday night telling me it could happen and I wanted it to happen straight away.”
“After that I came straight up here and signed.”
It looks like Best has ambition and wants put this club back on the road to the big-time, although he does understand it could take a while. The desire is also there to prove a point, especially after the Coventry fans started booing him in what turned out to be his last appearance for the Sky blues. Best will wear shirt No.20 but is willing to earn the right to wear the famous No.9. On that he said;
“I will be wearing the No 20 shirt.”
“The No 9 shirt would have been great – but that is a shirt at this club that has to be earned.”
“You can’t just show up, pick it up and throw it on your back.”
“It’s a privilege that has to be earned. That’s absolutely right and correct.”
“If you wear the No 9 shirt at Newcastle it must be earned on achievement and nothing else.”
Chris Hughton also seems happy with his deadline day purchase. Speaking of Best’s potential he said;
“What people forget is that Leon is a young player. He’s got the hunger to succeed and this is a fantastic opportunity for him.”
Good words from Best, it seems he can talk the talk but come Friday it’s time for him to walk the walk. This move has had some doubters, including me, but if he can notch on his debut and add to his 10 goals so far this season on Friday then he will become an instant hit on Tyneside.