Prodigal son to return to Leeds? Why Leicester should have no fear vs Man City

Stephen Pickering gives his opinion on the top news stories of the day. Leeds United, Leicester City and Man City feature

Skybet have given odds on the return of Luciano Becchio returning to Elland Road in January at just 3/1!

With the news of an impending takeover, there have been many transfer targets talked about for Leeds United, and what they will need to bring in to keep up their promotion aspirations this season.

One of the most common names brought up in discussion is the former Leeds United striker. But the manner the Argentine left the club means he shouldn't be surprised at the split opinion on his return.

To refresh peoples memory, I will take an abstract from the BBC article from when he handed his transfer request in.

The 29-year-old Argentine has scored 19 goals in all competitions this season and is under contract until June 2014.

A Leeds statement said Becchio was already the club's highest earner and his wage demands "were beyond a level we could support".

He joined the Championship side from Spanish club Merida UD in 2008 and has made 221 appearances since then, scoring 86 goals.

Earlier this month, Leeds assistant Mick Jones had told BBC Radio Leeds:"My biggest fear is that there could be pressure on us from other clubs for him.

"Look at his form at the moment and he's bound to be hot property. I'd be worried if certain clubs came in for him both here and abroad."

So there is a certain animosity about the now Norwich City striker, who left to chase the money and that is nothing new, especially in football. But, with the impending takeover I believe Leeds could benefit gratefully by letting bygones be bygones.

He is a very high quality second-tier striker and if signed, he could be a huge asset for Leeds in their quest for promotion.


Leicester City are the only club left from the Football League in the Carling Cup and I'm sure will be back by most of the country when they go head-to-head with big spending Manchester City tonight.

I feel that Leicester shouldn't have anything to fear against the side that just tore Arsenal to shreds 6-3 and just go out and enjoy the occasion in front of their home fans.

Truth be told, Manchester City have a lot more to lose than Leicester so if they're not at the races from the start, they could find it tricky getting a foot-hold into the game. City have a poor League Cup history in recent years, being knocked out in the third round twice in their previous 3 campaigns and it's well documented that their away form is far from fantastic.

So, despite being underdogs - there are reasons to dream and be positive!

image: © superleeds1992

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