Pardew backs Best for Ireland

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Updated: October 15, 2011

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew reckons Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni might be surprised by the form of striker Leon Best.

The former Nottingham Forest, who was linked with a summer exit from St James Park, has started the season in fine form, scoring three goals to date for the Magpies however despite his form the striker failed to make the squad for the double header against Andorra and Armenia.

However with Kevin Doyle suspended and Robbie Keane facing a race against time to be fit, Best could return to the squad for the play off clash with Estonia.

Although while Trapattoni insisted he had not forgotten about the player when quizzed on his absence earlier in the week the veteran Italian did say that having watched him play in Newcastle’s clash at Wolves a couple of days earlier, the 25 year old needed to work harder for his team before he was recalled to the international team.

The 72 year old assessment of Best’s performance in the 2-1 win appears at loggerheads with the manager who has resurrected his Newcastle career, with Pardew quick to praise Best’s work rate “That did surprise me. I thought he played very, very well that day [at Wolves] and I thought he worked very hard for the team.

“We have got contrasting views on that, and I think if he picked Leon Best, he might be surprised.

“They have got some good strikers, to be fair to the manager, and he picks who he wants.

“But in my book at the moment, Leon Best is playing very, very well and working hard.”

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