Newcastle United boss, Alan Pardew, has questioned the judgement of Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni over the quality of striker Leon Best.
Trapattoni justified the exclusion of Best from recent squads on the grounds that he felt that Best currently lacked the requisite work rate to challenge for a place. But the Newcastle manager has criticised the Italian’s decision.
“I was a little bit disappointed with the manager’s comments, because I thought they were a little bit unfair.”
“He’s got very good strikers, Trapattoni, – make no mistake about that. But to question Leon’s work rate, I think, was unfair. I’ll tell him that if I ever see him.”, Pardew informed the Shields Gazette.
He concluded by suggesting that Trapattoni would quickly change his opinion if he had actually watched Best play.
“I think he should perhaps come and have another look at Bestie. He might change his mind. I think Leon Best’s playing as well as any striker in that Irish squad.”, said Pardew.
Best, who has yet to score in his 7 appearances for Ireland, has scored 3 goals for Newcastle this season and is fast becoming a fan favourite at St. James’ Park.