The refreshing world of Leon Best
Leon Best has had his fair share of critics since signing for Newcastle United but his goalscoring record of nine goals from 12 Premier League starts tells its own story.
The 25-year-old's attitude is refreshing in the modern game.
In many ways, he is perhaps too polite and at times not arrogant enough, if that makes sense - if he was he may have even more goals to his name.
My mind takes me back to when Best first signed for Newcastle back in January 2010.
That day, I asked him if there were any comparisons to be drawn between he and another Nottingham lad in Andy Cole.
Of course, the number 9 shirt - again vacant at the time - cropped into the conversation.
Best's reply was: "I think the number 9 shirt is one that has to be earned."
It was a certainly remark that earned instant respect.
Best could easily have waxed lyrical about the shirt and had those same quotes chucked back at him weeks later as he found it tough to get beyond Andy Carroll and Peter Lovenkrands in the first team picture in the Championship.
Footballers have the ability to often serve up mundane quotes, but when it comes to Leon Best, the Republic of Ireland international always serves up interesting conversation and good quality copy.
Toon fans would probably prefer to see Best doing it on the field, and for now that's exactly what he's doing.
Best was supposed to be up for sale this summer but worked hard in pre-season and has waited for his opportunity.
In truth, only 20 plus goals this season will earn him the number 9 shirt.
For now, Best seems happy proving his doubters wrong.
Long may it continue, because it means Newcastle will have the regular goal-getter we all craved for this summer.