Wednesday 23 May 2018

Chris Hughton hopes for goal rush from Leon Best

Republic of Ireland striker Leon Best. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland striker Leon Best. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

BRIGHTON manager Chris Hughton believes that Ireland striker Leon Best is close to ending his goal famine.

Best, 28, joined Brighton on loan from Blackburn last month, after a previous loan spell with Derby, but the striker has struggled to find the net, Best failing to score in 25 games this season and his most recent league goal was last April.

He's still waiting for that elusive Brighton goal after five outings for the club, though Best did come close in last week's 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

But Seagulls boss Hughton has been impressed with Best and feels that the goals will come, hopefully next weekend against Birmingham as Brighton, just one point outside the relegation zone, need to pick up some wins to move away from the drop zone.

"That's what we've brought him in for, because we need to score. We have been very resilient in the last couple of games but if you are going to win matches you have got to score goals," says Hughton of Best, the Seagulls boss aware that his side have scored in just one of their last four games.

"I thought he got better as the game went on and that was pleasing. I know Leon well. If I look at the first half of his season at Derby (loan), because of Chris Martin's form and not being injured, he hasn't played as much as we would have liked. We knew we were taking him and had to try to get him up to speed a bit."

Best joined Blackburn from Newcastle in 2012 but has been out of favour for some time and this is his third loan spell. He was last capped in 2010 in a friendly against Brazil.


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