Looking to add some experience to his Charlton squad, Karl Robinson brought in Leon Best for a couple of months during the 2017/18 League 1 season.
Released by Ipswich Town at the end of their 2016/17 Championship campaign, Best arrived at the Valley on a free transfer in a move that some supporters welcomed.
Best news I've heard all day pic.twitter.com/yQjH4SrXam
— Charlie (@CBraziliance) November 28, 2017
Will score goals unlike KAG
— Lee Taylor (@LTOfficial_93) 28 November 2017
— Reece (@ReeCAFC15) 28 November 2017
— WL999 (@Lou999__) November 28, 2017
Buzzing for the Leon Best debut hat trick #cafc
— AB (@AB_cafc) 28 November 2017
— Charlie (@CharlieH1456) 28 November 2017
Now we've signed Leon Best hope he can get his head down and bang some goals #CAFC
— Pabs. (@BobsJennings) November 28, 2017
Not everyone was sold, however, with the 32-year-old joining the club having failed to score a single goal during his stint with Ipswich, though Robinson remained convinced that he was bringing in a striker who had plenty to offer.
“Leon is in the top three runners at the football club, from a speed perspective. He’s very, very quick and powerful,” Robinson told Charlton’s official club website upon Best’s arrival. “[He] is a great character. He’s been there, seen it, done it at the highest level.”
Despite Robinson’s words, though, in the end, Best provided the team with very little in the five League 1 appearances he made for the club, failing to find the back of the net in any of them.
Looking back at Best’s recent goal-scoring record in the Championship, however, it was not surprising to see the ex-Newcastle United player not produce anything of any real significance during his time at the Valley.
At former sides Ipswich, Brighton and Derby County in particular, Best struggled in front of goal to say the least, which Robinson should have seen as a massive red flag.