Pretty much ever since fan favourite Jermaine Beckford left Leeds United some fans have desired his return. He’s never been settled at Leicester City and is currently on loan at Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town.
Leeds fans enjoyed some great memories with Beckford, the defining moment being his goal scored against Manchester United in the FA cup where we went on to win 1-0 and knock out our Lancashire rivals back in 2010.
Beckford’s life at Elland Road wasn’t without controversy; he was very much a goal poacher but also demonstrated some lazy habits during games and seemed more interested in himself than the team. This was shown when he was booed off the pitch at home to Southampton and responded with a middle finger to the angered Leeds fans.
Despite some frayed relations the fans at Leeds have always loved Jermaine and treasured his time here, he scored some vital goals for us and since leaving has expressed a desire to return. But is he what Leeds United need? He’s scored 7 goals in 13 appearances for Huddersfield which is an impressive statistic. He even netted twice at the weekend to secure Town with a vital win against Millwall In a bit to avoid the relegation zone.
With a Beckford departure from Leicester City looking imminent it wouldn’t be a shock if a return to Leeds was on the cards, he’s always spoke openly about his love for the club and Beckford could be just what we need for a promotion push. A partnership with Ross McCormack slotted just behind him would definitely excite fans who haven’t had many goals to cheer about this season; it could be the perfect combination.
The biggest stumbling block in the return of Beckford, would be high wages and the fact Leicester will want to see a return on the money they paid for him.
Whether Beckford comes back or not, it’s clear we need an out and out goal scorer to launch a realistic promotion campaign, regular goals are something we’ve missed since we sold Luciano Becchio. It will be interesting to watch Brian McDermott’s movements over the months ahead, with both a move for both Reading’s Adam LeFondre and Southampton’s Billy Sharp being rumoured. I’d be happy if we brought either of these strikers to Elland Road, it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.