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Best admits his campaign at Rovers has been ‘hard’

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OUT-OF-FAVOUR forward Leon Best says he will be out to prove a point in his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday after four ‘hard’ months on the sidelines at Blackburn Rovers.

The 27-year-old, who yesterday signed a one-month deal with Championship rivals Wednesday, has not played for Rovers since their 1-0 home defeat to Charlton on October 19.

“I want to be playing as I love football,” said Best, who spent two spells on loan with the Owls earlier in his career.

“I’ve had a hard time not playing at Blackburn so I thank the manager and everyone here (Hillsborough) for giving me the opportunity to come back and play.

“There’s always a point to prove whether it’s with someone else or yourself. I am a person who always wants to do to do better and prove myself I can do better and I’m glad to be put into a position to do that.”

Best’s loan deal at Hillsborough runs until March 12 and covers seven matches – six in the league and today’s FA Cup fifth round clash with Charlton.

Should Best – who was also attracting from the Addicks – impress Wednesday will be given the chance to extend the loan.

Owls boss Stuart Gray expects the Republic of Ireland international to make an instant impact.

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Gray said: “The most important thing now is that he hits the ground running. We’ve brought him in and hopefully he can do that for us.”

Best – one of Rovers’ biggest earners – has scored two goals in 16 appearances for Rovers following his move from Newcastle United in July 2012.

He was dropped for September’s trips to Burnley and Leicester for comments he made on social networking site Instagram before apologising and returning to the squad for the 3-1 win at Bournemouth – where he scored.

But he lost his place in Gary Bowyer’s team and he was the subject of a fresh club investigation following further comments he made on Instagram.

Meanwhile, Bowyer is still hoping to add to his squad by signing a central defender as cover for Grant Hanley and Matt Kilgallon.

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10:11am Sat 15 Feb 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Usual retric from a bull sh!ting footballer, once a plonker always a plonker!
Usual retric from a bull sh!ting footballer, once a plonker always a plonker! Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 20

11:15am Sat 15 Feb 14

French Rover says...

A decent striker who did himself no favours at Ewood.....obviously some sort of relationship breakdown between Best and Bowyer which nobody seemed able to resolve. Bests silly comments on social media just widened that gap.

Still a decent striker who will score goals wherever he goes, just a shame its not for us, but good to get him off the wage bill given the current siituation.
A decent striker who did himself no favours at Ewood.....obviously some sort of relationship breakdown between Best and Bowyer which nobody seemed able to resolve. Bests silly comments on social media just widened that gap. Still a decent striker who will score goals wherever he goes, just a shame its not for us, but good to get him off the wage bill given the current siituation. French Rover
  • Score: 16

11:22am Sat 15 Feb 14

juanbbien says...

A bloody disgrace end of story
A bloody disgrace end of story juanbbien
  • Score: 16

12:43pm Sat 15 Feb 14

SteppBladder says...

Good move for all concerned, except for Wednesday :-) Will be interesting to see how he gets on and what happens after March 12.
Good move for all concerned, except for Wednesday :-) Will be interesting to see how he gets on and what happens after March 12. SteppBladder
  • Score: 4

1:00pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Dukes says...

did himself no favours at Ewood.....obviously some sort of relationship breakdown with the manager and the fans.
did himself no favours at Ewood.....obviously some sort of relationship breakdown with the manager and the fans. Dukes
  • Score: 5

1:39pm Sat 15 Feb 14

speedie_rovers_legend says...

Bowyer you are hopless at managing players best is a top player but you put your foot in it bad man managment imo.
Bowyer you are hopless at managing players best is a top player but you put your foot in it bad man managment imo. speedie_rovers_legend
  • Score: -32

3:11pm Sat 15 Feb 14

owd nick says...

Best creates his own problems wherever he goes, simple as that, he is paid to play football not dictate to the manager who plays etc;

Ego far outweighs attitude.
Best creates his own problems wherever he goes, simple as that, he is paid to play football not dictate to the manager who plays etc; Ego far outweighs attitude. owd nick
  • Score: 23

4:23pm Sat 15 Feb 14

bburnrover says...

I am not sure he is a decent strike Newcastle were glad to get shut and their fans were also happy about his departure which tells you everything Kean was a real mug the only good player was Rhodes but they paid 4 million too much to get him,
I am not sure he is a decent strike Newcastle were glad to get shut and their fans were also happy about his departure which tells you everything Kean was a real mug the only good player was Rhodes but they paid 4 million too much to get him, bburnrover
  • Score: 11

7:53pm Sat 15 Feb 14

TurfMoorTom says...

From what I heard he was given his chances and was lazy and uninterested so I read his comments about wanting to prove himself with skepticism.
From what I heard he was given his chances and was lazy and uninterested so I read his comments about wanting to prove himself with skepticism. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: 10

8:29pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Wild Rover says...

owd nick wrote:
Best creates his own problems wherever he goes, simple as that, he is paid to play football not dictate to the manager who plays etc;

Ego far outweighs attitude.
Spot on Nick, he has major attitude issues. I wanted him out after the first Tw#tter thing
He would suit being fastened to a cupboard door, as a knob of course!
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Best creates his own problems wherever he goes, simple as that, he is paid to play football not dictate to the manager who plays etc; Ego far outweighs attitude.[/p][/quote]Spot on Nick, he has major attitude issues. I wanted him out after the first Tw#tter thing He would suit being fastened to a cupboard door, as a knob of course! Wild Rover
  • Score: 12

5:11pm Sun 16 Feb 14

OnePostThenTheOther says...

Best him gangsta innit. Him have best ink and is way cool innit. Him talent and attitude got nuffink wid it cos him gangsta. Dem Sheffield not know what day it is.
Best him gangsta innit. Him have best ink and is way cool innit. Him talent and attitude got nuffink wid it cos him gangsta. Dem Sheffield not know what day it is. OnePostThenTheOther
  • Score: 3

6:53pm Sun 16 Feb 14

happiness says...

I've always liked 100% grafters at my club. They don't have to be world beaters but Best is the polar opposite. Please please please sign him Owls. It would be nice if another club took up the responsibility of babysitting this overrated. egotistical, lazy, spoilt, gobshite brat. I'n the week when we (all football fans) lost Sir Tom Finney, it's sometimes nice to compare legends like him with players of today. But then again......!!!
I've always liked 100% grafters at my club. They don't have to be world beaters but Best is the polar opposite. Please please please sign him Owls. It would be nice if another club took up the responsibility of babysitting this overrated. egotistical, lazy, spoilt, gobshite brat. I'n the week when we (all football fans) lost Sir Tom Finney, it's sometimes nice to compare legends like him with players of today. But then again......!!! happiness
  • Score: 9

10:13am Mon 17 Feb 14

goldfinger59 says...

I always wondered how we got such a promising player so cheaply, it's easy to see now, another wasted talent, seems a shame that nobody can do anything with players like this.
I always wondered how we got such a promising player so cheaply, it's easy to see now, another wasted talent, seems a shame that nobody can do anything with players like this. goldfinger59
  • Score: 1

11:28pm Wed 19 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

owd nick wrote:
Best creates his own problems wherever he goes, simple as that, he is paid to play football not dictate to the manager who plays etc;

Ego far outweighs attitude.
you forgot ability,,must admit he created his own problems but blamed everyone else,
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Best creates his own problems wherever he goes, simple as that, he is paid to play football not dictate to the manager who plays etc; Ego far outweighs attitude.[/p][/quote]you forgot ability,,must admit he created his own problems but blamed everyone else, noddy57
  • Score: 0

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