Leeds United welcomed back Luciano Becchio and Jermaine Beckford today.
Thursday marked Leeds United’s centenary year, and they received messages from a host of players both past and present.
The likes of Lewis Cook and Ronaldo Vieira sent Twitter messages to Leeds even years after leaving the club, with all connected with the club celebrating such a huge landmark.
It’s been a pretty eventful 100 years for Leeds, and even with all their incredible history, two players from their League One days have stolen the limelight today.
Under Simon Grayson, Luciano Becchio and Jermaine Beckford formed a memorable partnership, one that few could have expected having arrived from lowly Merida and Wealdstone respectively.
Their first season together was the 2008-09 campaign, in which Beckford smashed 34 goals, and Becchio chipped in with 19 too, with Beckford scoring 31 goals the next season, and Becchio 17.
With more than 100 goals scored across their two seasons together, Becchio and Beckford were Elland Road heroes, but Beckford left for Everton in 2010 and Becchio moved on to Norwich City in 2013.
Today, Leeds have posted a photo of the pair at their Thorp Arch training ground, welcoming back their former goalscorers to see Marcelo Bielsa’s side in action ahead of this weekend’s game against Birmingham City.
Back at Thorp Arch! pic.twitter.com/QGtIOquFbc— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 18, 2019
Unsurprisingly, the sight of both players at Leeds’ training ground has sparked a huge response from fans, with many asking whether they brought their boots in order to play tomorrow.
Others want the club to give them both contracts despite them being retired, believing that signing them up would actually improve a recently-disappointing Leeds attack – though they will all know that’s just a pipedream now.
On the bench tomorrow?? Dare you— ᴍᴀʀᴛɪɴ ᴡᴀʀᴅ (@wardinouk1) October 18, 2019
Get them both contracts now— Jack Tanner (@JackT_Media) October 18, 2019
You know what to do… Sign them on lads— Tom Williams (@TomoW94) October 18, 2019
Get them a shirt each n show Bielsa what it looks like when a player puts the ball in the net— Kayray (@KatieLUFC) October 18, 2019
Can they play up front tomorrow? #LUFC— Connor Mahoney!! BielsaBall and Beer (@ConnorMOT92) October 18, 2019
They bring their boots?— Danny De la Montaña (@Yorky2860) October 18, 2019
Get yer boots on boys— jason dennison (@jasondennleeds) October 18, 2019
Sign them up— Danny (@Danny_Hirst) October 18, 2019
They playing up front tomorrow lads?— Bradley Mills (@B_JMills) October 18, 2019
Get them back in training kits— Joe Ambler (@1joeambler) October 18, 2019
Wish we had those 2 up top in this side— Bear Warrior (@kinkydave1983) October 18, 2019
Sign em up lads— Dom (@Dom_LUFC89) October 18, 2019