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Derby County: Leon Best can fulfil his potential with Rams

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

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STEVE McClaren believes on-loan striker Leon Best can find a new home at Derby County and start to fulfil his potential again.

Best has arrived from Blackburn Rovers for the season. The 27-year-old made his debut as a substitute against Rotherham United on Saturday and helped McClaren's team collect three points in their opening fixture of the Championship campaign.

He also came off the bench in Monday night's Capital One Cup win at Carlisle United.

McClaren says Best has a lot to prove after a frustrating two years, which included a lengthy spell out with a serious knee injury.

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"Leon has not developed his full talent although he has had injuries," said McClaren.

"He seemed to find his home at Newcastle United where he scored goals and looked a good player.

"We want Derby to be his second home where he feels comfortable and starts fulfilling his potential again.

"He is capable of doing that. He is only 27, and we believe in him."

McClaren said he had been looking for a player like Best to provide cover and competition for striker Chris Martin, the focal point of Derby's attack and leading scorer last season with 25 goals.

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