Coming through the ranks at Notts County, Leon Best joined Southampton in 2004, going on to make his Premier League debut against Newcastle United on his 18th birthday.
The young forward went on to make three Premier League appearances that year, before The Saints were relegated to the Championship.
Proceeding to see irregular game time in the lower division, Best embarked on four loan spells during his time with the south coast club, temporarily joining QPR, Sheffield Wednesday, Bournemouth, and Yeovil Town.
Coventry City became Best’s next destination, joining The Sky Blues from £650,000. After fracturing his cheekbone in 2008, Best was given the nickname of “Zorro.”
In two and half season with the Midlands club, Best netted 19 times, earning a £1.5 million move to Newcastle United, where he was awarded another shot of Premier League football.
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Scoring 10 times in 29 matches across two seasons, his time with Newcastle proved to be his final outings as a top-tier player.
Joining Blackburn Rovers ahead of the 2012/13 campaign, Best remained a Rovers player for three years but went on three loan spells during that time.
One of which was with Derby County. Playing 15 league games for The Rams, Best was unable to find the back of the net, with Derby cancelling their season-long loan deal with the Lancashire club.
The striker then went on to play further Championship football with Ipswich Town and Rotherham United, before dropping down to League One to end his career with Charlton Athletic.
The forward also played seven times for the Republic of Ireland, qualifying to represent the national side through his mother.