Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn played down the club’s decision not to move for former striker Luciano Becchio in the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Redfearn was asked about the club’s decision not to go after the Argentine, after recent reports that the boss had asked owner Massimo Cellino to try and sign him from Rotherham.
“I’m just concentrating on getting ready for the weekend. The priority for me is the Birmingham game on Saturday,” Redfearn told the local paper, dodging the specifics of the question.
“We’ve got a different set-up here, different to other clubs in our league, and I’ve said that before. But the team played well at Bolton and it’s vital that we build on that.”
“I honestly feel that there’s a lot good about our performances but I’ve been around long enough to know that we need results and we need them quickly. I’m very aware of that.”
Leeds are in a difficult position in the Championship table, just above the bottom three and looking for a win, which will help to slightly nudge them further up the table.
Becchio is a player who would have been a common sense target for Leeds for a variety of reasons.
The main one is that he knows the club and he knows the division.
He’s also very popular with the club’s support base and could have used that to fire himself up as he tried to make the difference for the team during a difficult period.
Leeds work based on a recruiting system, which, as Redfearn admits, the boss has been very open about.
It’s a system, which has seen some very good players arrive through the doors at Elland Road and the manager certainly seems content to trust his officials to make the right decisions.
Would Becchio have helped? Certainly, but Leeds move on and focus on getting three points.