Luciano Becchio could be in line for a Leeds United return

Lucciano Becchio

The out-of-favour Norwich City striker has been linked with a loan move back to Elland Road and the Championship.

Former Leeds hero Luciano Becchio could be about to make a sensational return to the Yorkshire club with Brian McDermott eager to bolster his striking options this season.

The United manager has made no secret of his desire to add another goalscorer to his current squad as he goes in search of promotion to the Premier League for the second time in his career.

Leeds scored fewer goals than any team in the top half of the Championship last term and have so far averaged less than a goal a game over the current campaign.

Their attacking failings were on display for all to see last Saturday, with the Whites slipping to a 2-1 home defeat against play-off rivals Burnley in game where United had 22 shots on goal but just five on target.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post in the aftermath of the result, McDermott was under no illusions as to where the problem lies.

“We need someone to grasp the nettle and take up the responsibility of scoring,” he said. “We haven’t scored enough goals, especially at Elland Road. It’s a worry because someone has to try and take that responsibility.”

Becchio could be the man to take on that mantle which has, ironically enough, been vacant since his big money move to Norwich City last January.

The 29-year-old went into double figures for goals in each of his five seasons with the Yorkshire club, including 16 in 26 Championship games last term, but he has yet to find the net for the Canaries.

His playing time at Carrow Road has been limited to just eight appearances thus far and the Argentinean’s chances of first team football have hardly been helped by the arrivals of Ricky Van Wolfswinkel and Johan Elmander over the summer.

By contrast, the current Leeds frontline has struggled for form, with Ross McCormack’s run of goals early in the campaign putting him as top scorer with three strikes to his name.

Becchio would be available to sign for the Yorkshire club on loan, though question marks would still remain as to whether the striker could be landed permanently come the end of the season.

One of the chief reasons behind Becchio’s departure from United back in January – aside from the opportunity to play Premier League football – was a failure to agree a new deal with the club.

Whether a change of ownership within the Leeds hierarchy alters this remains to be seen but, for the time being at least, fans could soon be celebrating the return of a much-missed hero.

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