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We can be the Best, declares Blackburn Rovers new boy
LEON Best believes Blackburn Rovers can follow in Newcastle United’s footsteps as he looks to help his new club earn an instant Premier League return.
Rovers’ new boy helped the Magpies get out of the Championship at the first time of asking back in 2010 and he sees similarities in the challenge facing him at Ewood Park.
Rovers are now closing in on Portuguese midfielder Adrien Silva, having lodged a formal bid with Sporting Lisbon yesterday morning, while they are also targeting another striker with Premier League experience.
Silva is keen on a switch to Ewood Park, despite interest from Porto and Marseille, as Rovers look to seal the deal before tomorrow’s pre-season training trip to Austria.
Best, 25, only played a part in half of Newcastle’s promotion campaign after signing from Coventry City but believes Rovers can take confidence from their resurgence.
The Toon Army’s Premier League relegation brought with it considerable unrest between supporters and the owners, but an instant return and subsequent success has turned fortunes around at St James’ Park.
Best is hopeful similar can happen at Ewood Park this season as owners Venky’s and manager Steve Kean look to win an angry home faithful back around.
Best said: “I am very excited, I see it as the same situation as when I went to Newcastle. A massive club that had been relegated and want to bounce back in the first season.
“I played at Newcastle in the Championship. It was about gaining a momentum and getting us used to winning. I think a season in the Championship built the squad as a whole. It built the morale and team spirit.
“There was unrest there when they went down as well, that changed, and I think it has already changed here by the looks of it.
“It is just down to the players now to get out there and do their bit.”
Best turned down Premier League interest to sign a four-year deal at Rovers and he insists he has no regrets about dropping down a level.
He said: “I can’t wait, I am buzzing. I have worked so hard all my career to get to the Premier League. I saw this as a good opportunity for me. It was very similar to Newcastle.
“I felt coming here and helping the club get back in the Premier League would be a good move for me.
“The enthusiasm Steve showed made me feel like the main man. He gave me confidence and I know he wanted me. It is always a nice thing to know you are wanted. That was a big thing and made the decision easier.
“I am delighted to come here and just want to play football.
“This is a massive club and we should expect pressure. For a team that has just been relegated, we should look to go straight back and the signings show we are definitely going for it.”