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Letting Go Of ‘The Best’

8 years ago
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Blackburn Rovers have completed a £3m deal for Leon Best and I’m a little sad to see him leave. Best had scored 10 goals in 29 Premier League games for Newcastle and, whilst accepting that he is not the best player ever to grace St James’ Park, he knows where the goal is and had made a valuable contribution to the Newcastle cause following the sale of Andy Carroll.

If Newcastle are serious about challenging for a Champions League place again this season, whilst also attacking the three cups that are on offer, then I genuinely cannot understand the desire to cash in on Leon Best at this stage. I’m all for raising the overall quality of the squad but as things stand we’re light on numbers and until that issue has been addressed it simply does not seem sensible to sanction the sale of a consistent performer with an eye for goal, who seemed happy to stay and didn’t cost too much in wages.

I’m aware that there are two months to go before the transfer window closes and I’m optimistic that come the start of the season Best (as well as Guthrie, Lovenkrands etc) will have been replaced and the squad will be well equipped to cope with what could potentially be a 60 game season. However, at this stage I will admit to being a little worried about how this is going to become a reality. The future of Ba is still uncertain, the vultures are still sniffing around our better players with their blank cheques and it would appear that every bid we have made for any player of calibre has fallen well below the valuations placed on their heads by the respective clubs.

I feel that Newcastle United are maybe five players short as things stand and I’m hoping that deals are concluded for these players sooner rather than later, otherwise this could be a long summer.

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