467 minutes since he left Leeds: Stats argue against Becchio's return

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Luciano Becchio's return to Leeds United may be popular, but the stats tell a different story.

Leeds United have been linked with a move to re-sign former striker Luciano Becchio.

First team boss Neil Redfearn has reportedly asked owner Massimo Cellino to commission a deal, which would allow his return to Elland Road.

However, as popular as his return may be, there’s a problem and it comes in the form of his basic stats.

Since he left Leeds, the striker has played a total of just 467 minutes of competitive football.

It’s not all due to a dip in form, as he has been injured, but it certainly suggests why Leeds should be wary of snapping up a deal to take him back.

He’s also only scored two goals since he bagged 16 in his final season with Leeds, which certainly suggests he’s not hit the strike rate he grew to expect when he was previously leading the attack.

In short, he’s rusty and would arrive at a time when Redfearn needs someone who can start scoring a higher volume of goals to power the side up the table.

What he has going for him if Leeds make a move is that he knows the club and he knows the division.

There’s common feeling around Elland Road that there’s a real need for Championship experience and Becchio’s popularity with some of the fans would make it easy for him to settle in quickly.

He’s an option which fits in with what Leeds can do under their current embargo from the football league, but it’s doubtful whether he’ll be able to create a flashback to his previous form with the club.

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