Can Best be another working class hero?
It's all gone a bit Paul Kitson for Leon Best hasn't it?
Just 12 months ago, when the Nottingham lad arrived from Coventry City a few comparisons with Andy Cole's arrival from Bristol City were quickly scribbled down at the time as the striker joined United's promotion bandwagon late on.
Like Cole, he came in late and hailed from the same city as the former number 9.
Unlike Cole, the goals didn't come to him straight away and Best found it tough to get past Andy Carroll and Peter Lovenkrands.
And like Kitson, who replaced Cole in 1995 in the not so legendary 28 shirt, he has now came in during the aftermath of the sale of a high profile star in Big Andy.
Then came his summer injury woe and then he was undeservedly branded by some as a flop just as he was coming back from injury.
His critics continue to fire the odd cheap shot but I'm certain that it's water off a duck's back for a kid raised in the tough backdrop of Nottingham's St Ann's.
I might be wrong but the ex-Southampton man who hails from a hard council estate appears privately seems to be rubbing his hands together at the challenge in front of him to prove football's versions of Lord Snooty wrong.
It's that sort of council estate grit, similar to the spirit of Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton or the even tougher upbringing of Cheik Tiote, that will serve Newcastle well this season in my opinion.
A hard working and streetwise ethic seems instilled to such characters and it's certainly showed at times this season in Newcastle United.
Best has scored four goals in five Premier League starts and for me that tally is a more than decent start to his top flight career, in fact it's excellent especially if he can continue it and most strikers would appreciate it.
You can only judge players on performances and Best hasn't done badly and if you only judge strikers on goals, his Premier League record isn't a bad one in black and white.
Giovanni Trapattoni is a big fan while it was Arsenal legend Liam Brady who recommended Best to ex-Newcastle boss Chris Hughton.
He's also got the respect of Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale, so his list of admirers is an impressive one.
I know for a fact that Andy Carroll was actually hoping to get a run in the Toon team with Best at some stage this season with the pair enjoying a great understanding in training but never seeming to get the rub of the green in a few run outs together in the Championship.
If you recall the away game at Swansea last season, it was actually Best's lovely cross that set up Carroll's header but that was about as good as it got for the pairing.
Best was a glowing figure after the game and certainly he caused Arsenal their fair share of problems.
After all he scored one, had one chalked off and won a penalty against one of the best teams in the land.
Hopefully there's much more to come.
Best has plenty to prove but also plenty to play for.
It should be interesting.