Newcastle United’s Leon Best says he can fill Andy Carroll’s boots

Leon Best is confident he can be Newcastle United's next star striker.
Leon Best is confident he can be Newcastle United's next star striker.

LEON Best is confident he can fill Andy Carroll’s boots between now and the end of the season.

The Newcastle United striker scored in last night’s 2-0 win over Birmingham City, with Peter Lovenkrands also finding the net.

Best’s strike took his tally for the season to five goals.

And the goal also helped Newcastle claim their first win since leading scorer Carroll was controversially sold to Liverpool for £35m on transfer deadline day.

Best headed past Ben Foster early in the second half at St Andrew’s after Jonas Gutierrez crossed from the left.

And the 24-year-old – who went a year without finding the net for the club after his move from Coventry City in January last year – is confident he can keep on finding the net.

“I was chuffed with it,” said Best. “I’ve missed out on the first half of the season, but I’ve helped the team since the loss of Andy and want to keep doing that.

“I’ve got five in seven and I’m over the moon with that. I can’t ask for a better tally than that.

“It was two great balls from Jonas for the goals and it was tough against a Birmingham side who have lost just two games at home. It’s not an easy place to come, but we made it look easy.”

“I’ll just keep going getting the odd goal here and there and helping the team out.

“Peter’s also cracking away with the goal. If we’re scoring, then the other lads will be fine.

“I’m confident and that’s the main thing. I’m getting fitter and stronger, and I know the manager has confidence in me. That’s another big plus and a bonus.

“I knocked on his door and I wanted to put my name to him. He knows how much I wanted this and he knows how I live my life. There’s life after Andy.

“We’ve lost just once in the last five or six games since he left and it can’t be all about one player, as good as a lad as he was.

“I’m just enjoying playing. I love the game and I wake every day and can’t wait to get to training.”