Should Leeds have re-signed Luciano Becchio instead of Edgar Cani?

Lucciano Becchio

The topic of Leeds United and a possible return for Luciano Becchio has been brought up again.

Leeds United's season may have ended almost two weeks ago, but the drama at Elland Road shows no sign of ending any time soon.

In a week where midfielder Lewis Cook signed a new contract and Adam Pearson arrived as the club's new executive director, Leeds president Massimo Cellino held a press conference earlier today - and saying it was eventful would be an understatement.

One of the most fascinating parts of the press conference was where Cellino was asked why Leeds signed striker Edgar Cani instead of Luciano Becchio in January - and that question got a mixed response from both Cellino and Pearson.

Becchio, 31, joined Leeds from Merida back in 2008, scoring 86 goals in 221 games for the club as he became an Elland Hero alongside Jermaine Beckford in attack.

Yet in January 2013, the Argentine was sold to Norwich City, where he has been a peripheral figure, and spent half of this season on loan at Rotherham.

When that deal ended, Leeds boss Neil Redfearn told Sky Sports that he was hoping to bring Becchio back to the club - only to end up with Cani.

The giant Albanian, 25, arrived on loan from Catania on deadline day in February, but mustered just 49 minutes of playing time at Leeds in a disastrous stay in West Yorkshire.

Unsurprisingly, fans wanted answers; why Cani over Becchio? Why sign a player with no experience in England over a player who had been a Leeds hero?

Cellino's answer told its own story: he didn't know. Cellino didn't want or even know Cani, and Redfearn certainly didn't, meaning it was sporting director Nicola Salerno who made the decision - choosing a player from the Italian leagues over a player with a proven record in the Championship, which has been a recurring problem for Leeds ever since Cellino and Salerno started calling the shots at Elland Road.

Since then, Becchio hasn't played at all, suffering with injuries yet again - so whilst Leeds fans may want to see Becchio back at Elland Road, signing a player who has struggled to stay fit in recent years wouldn't be such a wise move.

Bringing Becchio back may not have been the magical cure that some fans think it would have been, but it would at least have been a sign that Redfearn and the fans were being listened to, something Cellino and Pearson must strive to improve if Leeds are to push forward on and off the pitch.

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