Leeds United: Becchio cannot be a serious contender - Ormsby

Luciano Becchio.

Luciano Becchio.

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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

HI BRENDAN, How badly do you think we have missed Luciano Becchio – he’s not had much of a chance at Norwich and it would be great if we could get him back with him not being in the picture there?

I don’t actually think it would be the answer. You have to look to the future – there’s other strikers out there and Luciano is not the be-all and end-all.

Sometimes, players and clubs have to move on and Luciano chose to move – good luck to him.

That’s the history of football – players come and go, but club’s will always be there.

New players come in and take over from an old one. Look at Leeds when Jermaine Beckford left. Everyone thought that the goals would dry up and were panicking, but Becchio came in and stepped up and replaced his goals.

Luciano took a gamble going to the Premier League with Norwich. Obviously, he probably got more money and moved up to the best league he has played in.

But he’s not in the team and I know what most players would like to be doing on Saturday – not sitting on the bench, but playing.

As a player, he was the top man at Leeds and most of the fans loved him and appreciated what he did. But it hasn’t worked out for him at the highest level and he is not a regular there.

He hardly played down there.

He is going to have to bide his time and put up with it and maybe get the odd game now and again or end up doing what Beckford did when he left for Everton and wasn’t getting in and move out again.

Whether we get him back or not, I don’t know. And I also don’t know whether it will necessarily be a good thing.

Looking at Luciano as well, he is getting on a bit, although hopefully he will have another three or four years in him before the end of his career.

His form did dip a bit at the end of Leeds – maybe that was all to do with the speculation he may move.

You look at the likes of Ian Rush when he returned to Liverpool and it wasn’t quite the same for him. The saying goes: ‘you should never go back’ and maybe that includes managers too.

Leeds gave a chance to the likes of Becchio and Beckford when they were younger and it’s about going out and trying to find another one like them.

We could probably do with another striker. Matt Smith has come in and I know people raved about him because he had two good cup matches against Liverpool and Everton for Oldham last season, but you can’t judge him on that.

To be a good player, you have to do it consistently season after season. That’s what makes a great player at the end of the day.

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