Following the Norwich striker's inability to break into the side since his move from Elland Road, could a move back be on the cards?
Saying Luciano Becchio has had a mixed season doesn’t quite tell the whole story. From being one of the deadliest strikers in the Championship, with 19 goals from 29 starts, the Argentinian has spent the last three-and-a-half months wondering if it was all a wonderful dream.
The player who couldn’t miss has suddenly lost the chance to even try.
When Norwich came in for him on the final day of the January transfer window it was a move that made sense. Seeking additional firepower, who better to employ than an in-form frontman with something to prove at the highest level?
The Canaries needed goals, and Becchio had quite the knack of getting them, as 83 strikes in four-and-a-half seasons at Elland Road testify.
And yet Becchio has rarely been called on by manager Chris Hughton since his move. Two starts and five substitute appearances have led to a single assist – which came during the three minutes he spent on the field in the rout of West Bromwich Albion.
With the imminent arrival of Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon, Becchio may find himself even less likely to start next season.
Comments from Hughton earlier this month didn’t suggest the 29-year-old was about to make the breakthrough.
Denying the striker had struggled to settle at Carrow Road, he said, “It has just been a personal choice from myself as to who I have chosen to go with.”
With Hughton choosing not to entrust the player with the club’s Premier League future, and with such a prolific marksman soon to arrive, the coming campaign looks more blue than yellow for Becchio.
But it could look white again, if former club Leeds United were willing to take him back.
Having initially accepted a fee along with forward Steve Morison in the deal that took Becchio to the Premier League, what chance Brian McDermott requesting a loan move to welcome back their once great goal-getter?
With Morison, Ross McCormack, El-Hadji Diouf and Luke Varney scoring only 17 league goals between them this season, surely Becchio would be accepted back with open arms.
McDermott will be targeting promotion next season. He is a man who knows how to do it, but he will also know that at least one prolific forward is a necessity. While Becchio must now be accepting that his chances of breaking into the Canaries' first-team are as distant as ever – even more so if they push through a deal for long-term target Gary Hooper.
They say you should never go back. But does that apply when you should never have left in the first place?
Would Leeds fans welcome Becchio back to the club, either on loan or in a permanent deal?
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