Leeds still reeling from Becchio’s Norwich departure

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Months on from the forward’s departure and things are no better at Elland Road

When Luciano Becchio left Leeds for the sunny, agricultural climes of Norwich, fans would have been forgiven for thinking ‘good riddance’ but less than a year on from the deal and things are far from peachy for either parties.

In truth, the Argentine has only himself to blame for any animosity on the part of Whites supporter, many of whom were irked by the 29-year-old’s approach to forcing a move away from Elland Road.

Keen to earn more at the club, Becchio began talks over a new contract. But as the highest earner at Leeds, there was little room to move up, prompting the forward to hand in a transfer request.

He plumped for a move to Norwich City, who were struggling for goals at the time, with the misfiring Steve Morison moving in the other direction.

From here, the Barcelona B man probably expected to receive a decent run in the team but, aside from a start in a Premier League fixture with Fulham, the forward has found opportunities limited with just eight appearances to his name thus far.

And if quotes from the Press Association are to be believed, the player has admitted that, with the likes of Johan Elmander and Ricky Van Wolfswinkel ahead of him in the pecking order, he has become “frustrated and not very happy” at Carrow Road.

Things have hardly been much better for the Elland Road faithful, with Leeds poor form at the backend of last season ultimately resulting in the departure of Neil Warnock.

Becchio’s replacement, Morison, failed to find form with just three goals in 15 appearances last term prompting the Yorkshire club to send him out on loan to Millwall.

Not that Brian McDermott’s team have been any more prolific than the side that featured under Neil Warnock. In their last five Championship fixtures, Leeds have found the net just twice, with Ross McCormack’s early season goalscoring form falling away at the worst possible time.

The Whites manager has meanwhile failed to land the striker he wanted over the summer and again called out for in the wake of his side’s 2-1 loss to Burnley, stating at the time that it was “obvious that we [Leeds] haven’t scored enough, especially at Elland Road.”

But anyone waiting for a happy ending to this particular tale may be left with a sour taste, after McDermott today confirmed in an interview with BBC Radio Leeds that he had been in touch with the Canaries regarding the want away forward.

"I made an enquiry to [Norwich manager] Chris Hughton regarding Becchio and he wasn't available. Will it change? Things do."

Next up for the Elland Road club is a home encounter with newly-promoted Bournemouth – a team that has shipped a whopping six goals in their last two league fixtures.

Fail to score there and McDermott may find he’s not only out of striking options, but maybe even his job.

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