Vital Football

Latest Blackburn Rovers News

Best not performing at his best.

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.



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

Writer:Anna Adams
Date:Saturday April 20 2013
Time: 8:41PM

Comments

0
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
20/04/2013 22:14:00
0
Well written Anna, nice one :)
Mikey Delap
21/04/2013 11:14:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

Highlights - Middlesbrough (a)

Blackburn drew one-one with Middlesbrough in the Championship on Saturday.

Audio - We Were The Better Team - Lambert

Blackburn drew one-one with Middlesbrough in the Championship on Saturday, Rovers boss Paul Lambert has given his views on this draw and the shared points it meant.

Vital View - Middlesbrough 1-1 Blackburn

A win was denied Blackburn, which would have made it three successive defeats for Middlesbrough, by an equaliser from striker David Nugent 11-minutes from time.

Stats: Middlesbrough v Blackburn

All the stats from Middlesbrough (1) vs (1) Blackburn, Riverside Stadium, 6/2/16 Att: 26,244

Archived Vital Blackburn Articles

Vital Blackburn articles from

Site Journalists

Walker
Profile
VitalRovers
Profile
Mikey Delap
Profile
Sasman!
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Middlesbrough MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Steele3%
Marshall0%
Ward11%
Hanley0%
Spurr0%
Lenihan0%
Evans0%
Akpan0%
Jordi Gomez70%
Graham5%
Watt11%
Sub - Jackson0%
Sub - Bennett0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Middlesbrough 29 17 6 6 57 23
2 Hull City 29 17 5 7 56 26
3 Burnley 30 15 10 5 55 22
4 Brighton 29 14 11 4 53 9
5 Derby County 30 13 12 5 51 14
6 Sheff Wed 30 13 11 6 50 12
7 Ipswich 30 13 9 8 48 2
8 Birmingham 30 13 8 9 47 8
9 Cardiff 30 11 12 7 45 5
10 Forest 30 10 12 8 42 6
11 Wolves 30 10 10 10 40 -1
12 Brentford 30 11 7 12 40 -2
13 Q.P.R. 30 9 12 9 39 1
14 Preston 30 9 12 9 39 -1
15 Reading 30 9 9 12 36 0
16 Leeds Utd 30 8 12 10 36 -5
17 Huddersfield 30 8 8 14 32 -4
18 Blackburn 28 6 13 9 31 0
19 Fulham 29 6 11 12 29 -5
20 MK Dons 30 7 7 16 28 -18
21 Bristol City 30 6 10 14 28 -22
22 Rotherham 30 7 4 19 25 -19
23 Bolton 30 4 12 14 24 -21
24 Charlton 30 5 9 16 24 -30
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Blackburn Rovers Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Hull City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 16 2016 7:45PM : Fulham (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 23 2016 7:45PM : Derby County (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Milton Keynes Dons (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Middlesbrough (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 5 2016 12:30PM : Burnley (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Recent Blackburn Rovers Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Walker11
2.@roverseas6
3.dallydally2