Newcastle striker Best pledges to score goals

Newcastle United's Leon Best celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match at St Andrews, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 15, 2011. See PA story SOCCER Birmingham. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.
Newcastle United's Leon Best celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match at St Andrews, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 15, 2011. See PA story SOCCER Birmingham. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.

LEON Best is confident he can again be among the goals – despite the prospect of added competition at Newcastle United.

Birmingham City were today linked with a move for Best, who scored six goals last season.

Alex McLeish is reportedly lining up a replacement for Cameron Jerome, who is tipped to leave St Andrew’s in the wake of their relegation from the Premier League.

However, Best, having proved he can score goals in the top-flight, is itching to return fully fit for pre-season, when he again hopes to impress manager Alan Pardew, who has made signing a striker one of his top summer priorities.

Best missed the first few months of the campaign with an ankle problem and had another spell out after suffering a setback, and he’s focused on making an early impression in pre-season.

“I have proved to myself and others that I can score in this league,” said Best. “It’s really about staying fit and continuing that.

“I trained towards the end of the season, and obviously played in the last game and things were very good.

“It was a great way to end the season after some injury problems. Now I just want to be ready for next season. I just want to be in the right frame of mind, getting fit and challenging for the team again.”

Full story in Friday’s Mail