Leeds United have to try everything possible to re-sign Jermaine Beckford this summer ahead of a crack at going up next season.
Brian McDermott has never been a slow witted or stupid manager and he will realise that Leeds need the sort of striker and talisman, who can fire the side towards an automatic promotion slot in the Premier League next season.
That sort of status with the strikers at Leeds United is something they lost when they let Jermaine Beckford originally leave the club and enhanced with the recent departure of Luciano Becchio.
Despite the fact Beckford is now 29-years-old, he doesn’t seem to have lost any of his natural pace or goalscoring ability which are two of the main reasons he was snapped up by a Premier League club in the first place.
The fact he’s been out on loan with Huddersfield Town this season, suggests that his current situation at Leicester City, his parent club, could mean he’s available for the right fee this summer.
However, that fee could well be the sticking point because when Leicester signed him permanently, they acted quickly to get him on a long term deal in case things didn’t work out and they needed to sell him on.
Looking at the way his career has panned out since he left Leeds in the first place, he may more than likely jump at the chance to go back to Elland Road and settle down for the rest of his career.
He never cut the standard with Everton and has been passed around in the Championship since he was let go by the Toffees, which will more than likely create the impression that it was a mistake for him to leave Leeds in the first place.
So what can he offer Leeds if McDermott wants to make him a priority signing?
Well he guarantees goals in a division where he knows how to hit the back of the net. He’s not been prolific this season with seven goals in 24 appearances but he will get himself into positions where he can score.
He is also a very clever player in terms of getting himself into positions, which allow him to utilise his natural assets such as his pace and strength, such as play on the very shoulder of a defence and looking for a ball in behind.
It may be a move which is dependant on Leeds moving a player out, which would free up a little more of the budget.
One such candidate is Steve Morison, formerly of Norwich City, who moved to Leeds as part of the Becchio deal, which hasn’t worked out as he’s struggled to have any sort of impact in a Leeds shirt.
You’ll be hard pushed to find a Leeds fan who would argue against a Beckford return, which is possible and affordable in comparison to other apparent targets such as Blackburn’s Jordan Rhodes.
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