Monday 23 April 2018

Pardew baffled by Best's Ireland snub

ALAN PARDEW is surprised that Giovanni Trapattoni continues to overlook in-form Irish striker Leon Best.

The Newcastle frontman has been in good form at Premier League level this term, but has been frozen out by Trapattoni, who last week suggested that the player needs to put in more effort for his colleagues.

Pardew disagrees, and was shocked that Best was left out of the squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers with Armenia and Andorra after being watched by Irish management in his club's 2-1 win over Wolves at Molineux.

"That did surprise me," said the Newcastle boss. "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."

Nevertheless, Pardew acknowledged that Ireland have a decent range of front players.

"They have got some good strikers, to be fair to the manager," he said.

Irish Independent

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