UK time is: 01:12:54
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Best not performing at his best.

On the 2nd of July 2012 Leon Best, former Newcastle and Coventry City striker, signed for Blackburn under Steve Kean but less than a month after signing his contract he suffered an injury to his anterior cruciate ligaments which ruled him out for at least six months.

The news was disappointing as fans had high expectations of him and his ability as a striker, and it seemed fitting that he was awarded shirt number nine, the number of ex Rovers legend - Alan Shearer.

After a season filled with disappointment, Leon Best`s return was eagerly anticipated. However it is debatable as to whether his contributions to the squad since his comeback have been beneficial or even worthy of a permanent squad position.

It is arguable that the fans may have held too high expectations of Leon Best in the hope that he would be the man to turn results around and generally contribute to the improvement of performances.

Simply though, Best has just not been good enough so far. In recent performances he has completely lacked any sign of passion for the club, and is yet to score a goal. In today`s game against Watford he let himself down even more by receiving a red card for an off the ball incident.

Nuno Gomes created a positive link up with Jordan Rhodes in earlier games this season and even scored a few goals whilst David Goodwillie put in a good performance when he came on as a substitute against Huddersfield on Tuesday. These are two strikers who have spent more time warming the substitute bench than playing this season.

It is confusing as to why players such as the aforementioned are not being given opportunities when a player who has played consistently pretty poorly in recent games has been securing a permanent position in the squad. Considering Goodwillie and Gomes have barely been played, it is likely that given the chance, they would fight for further opportunities by putting huge amounts of effort in to play well.

One of the main factors contributing to fans disappointment this year has been the lack of passion and effort that has greeted them week in and week out. Although understandably it is difficult to come back from an injury and play your best football, it is more the lack of passion from Best that has infuriated fans especially when there are other passionate candidates capable of first team football.

It is possible that Best will have a far better season next year when he is fully recovered and settled, but currently when fighting a relegation battle, his performances have not been of a high enough standard to impress the fans.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Anna Adams Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 20 2013

Time: 8:41PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
His behaviour today was an absolute disgrace and his performances to date have been less than inspiring. The jury is out as far as I am concerned.
dallydally
Report Abuse
20/04/2013 22:14:00

Well written Anna, nice one :)
Mikey Delap
Report Abuse
21/04/2013 11:14:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

Rovers Bring In Ipswich's Taylor (Friday March 27 2015)

Rhodes Returns For Scotland (Friday March 27 2015)

Striker Stays With Ipswich (Thursday March 26 2015)

Bolton Plan Loanee Talks (Thursday March 26 2015)

Blackburn Keen On Defender Return (Tuesday March 24 2015)

On Is Off Again! (Monday March 23 2015)

Winger Returns To Blackburn (Monday March 23 2015)

Rhodes Or Gestede?? (Monday March 23 2015)

Archived Blackburn Rovers Articles

List All Vital Blackburn Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Walker 111
2. dallydally 36
3. rover50 19
4. rovers2011 8
5. Rye of the Rovers 4
6. roverjoy 3

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
7. Brentford 39 20 6 13 12 66
8. Wolves 39 18 11 10 11 65
9. Forest 39 15 12 12 8 57
10. Blackburn 39 14 12 13 1 54
11. Charlton 39 13 15 11 -2 54
12. Sheff Wed 39 13 14 12 -4 53
13. Leeds Utd 39 14 10 15 -4 52

Breaking League News

LUFC Leeds amongst the form teams in February
Leeds Utd : 30/03/2015 20:43:00
Meet The Ref - Boro v Latics - Stuart Attwell
Wigan : 30/03/2015 19:57:01
Write For Vital Bolton
Bolton : 30/03/2015 19:41:01
The Price Of Prising McClaren Away
Derby County : 30/03/2015 18:29:00
Royals hit with Football League fine
Reading : 30/03/2015 18:23:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Brighton MotM
Suggested By:  VitalRovers
Steele 11%
Henley 8%
Baptiste 8%
Kilgallon 0%
Olsson 41%
Taylor 0%
Spearing 8%
Cairney 0%
Marshall 0%
Brown 0%
Rhodes 16%
Sub:-Spurr 0%
Sub:-Gestede 8%