It is easy to forget that Leon Best played a significant part in the first half of the season when Newcastle United finished fifth under Alan Pardew.
Best made 18 appearances including 16 starts, with four goals, as he played a supporting role to Demba Ba.
Of course, the mid-season signing of Papiss Cisse ended up as a spectacular move that lit up the second half of the season, building on the platform that the likes of Leon Best had provided.
After a nightmare time of injuries and numerous loan moves after moving from Newcastle to Blackburn in summer of 2012 for around £3m, the striker has at last found a permanent home at Portman Road.
Best being brought in this summer to try and help fill the gap left by Daryl Murphy’s departure to Tyneside.
The 30 year old forward says he has ‘great memories’ of his time on Tyneside, with no doubt a hat-trick against West Ham his personal highlight, though he can also claim his part in the remarkable 4-0 down, 4-4 final scoreline against Arsenal, scoring the second goal of that four goal fightback – with Cheick Tiote providing the finishing touch of all.
Leon Best (pictured back in the day below):
“Some great memories (when at Newcastle) and the first time I will be back there.
“Definitely looking forward to it and hopefully we can get a win.
“The crowd is massive there, it is known they are the twelfth man and they have been on a good run, they definitely have.
“But I think the boys seem really up for it and we have scored goals and another clean sheet (beat Burton 2-0 at home on Tuesday), so we will be going up there with confidence.”
Leon Best’s striker partner, Freddie Sears, says that all the pressure is on top team Newcastle and that it would be ‘brilliant’ to cause an upset.
Ipswich won their first game in six on Tuesday when beating Burton 2-0, so the Ipswich striker says they will be heading to the north east with a ‘smile on their face’.
“You get a win and everybody from top to bottom at the club has a smile on their face.
“It’s going to be a tough game, you are going to St James Park where they are flying at the minute.
“I think they are top of the league – so it is going to be a tough game – but the pressure is on them.
“If we can go and cause an upset it will be brilliant.”