Best to shoulder striker burden

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Leon Best has spoken out after a disappointing transfer deadline day for Newcastle, with the striker insisting he will set ambitious targets to make the forward line successful this season.

Newcastle failed in last minute bids for Fulham-bound Bryan Ruiz and Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga. The side also reportedly made a move for Liam Ridgewell, but were unable to agree to a deal before 11pm.

But despite the day being particularly disappointing for Toon fans, who had hoped a replacement for the departed Andy Carroll would be found, Best believes that they can put their faith in his goal scoring abilities this season.

“I think if you want to go off my starts in the Premier League it is almost one goal every two games,” he said.

“That sounds very good but I want to add on that.”


Newcastle have had a successful start to the season, clocking up a draw and two wins including a 1-0 defeat of cross town rivals Sunderland.

And Best insists that despite a gloomy mood at St James’ Park following the club failing to land a striker, Newcastle are in a good position and are raring to go after the international break concludes.

“I am obviously looking forward to the next few games. We are in the top six now so why shouldn’t we be as players?” Best added.

Newcastle face QPR, with newly departed Joey Barton, on Monday the 12th September, in what will no doubt be a fiery encounter.

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