Saturday, February 04, 2012

O'Best not good enough

That's the message sent out by Celtic manager Neil Lennon's recent comments, in which he confirmed that we were prepared to flog O'Best to the Bhoys on deadline day. A fee had been agreed and the deal was only scuppered by the striker's unwillingness to unsettle his young family.

On the one hand, O'Best's availability for transfer should come as little surprise, given our hefty January investment in Papiss Cisse, who will surely start ahead of him. But on the other, it does seem a bit harsh on a player who has given his all whenever called up on in the Premier League, and scored a tremendous winning goal against QPR just three weeks ago.

With Big Lad too often inconsistent, Peter Lovenkrands too often lightweight and Nile Ranger off the radar, O'Best would appear to be our third-choice forward after Ba and Cisse - both of whom were more than a bit off-colour during the African Cup of Nations. If he thinks he can still comfortably hold down a first-team place, then he's allowed his notorious self-confidence to get the better of him - but it's probably safe to say that he'll make another useful contribution to our unlikely pursuit of European football before the season's out.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sell best? no chance yes he is now 3rd choice but i would rather play best over shola everyday of the year. Shola is the most inconsistant player ever, he has quality but he decides to use it once every 4 games (his goal record)

5:30 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His name is Best... Not O'Best

7:09 pm  
Anonymous Heavenfire said...

It surprises me that Leon Best hasn't been given more opportunities. He was scoring for fun before being pushed aside for Demba Ba (which proved a good move). It seems that he'll score regularly if given a run. I'd like to keep him, but maybe for his own development he should move on.

8:32 pm  
Blogger Ben said...

He was doubly unlucky today, what with the injury and then Cisse's performance as his replacement. He's not a great player, but certainly a trier who puts plenty of effort in, and that's not something we could always say of our strikers over recent years.

Anonymous: Take a peek at the 'Nicknames we use' post...

7:25 pm  

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