Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio’s recent transfer request has rocked a club that in recent years has been renowned for selling their best assets. The Argentinian follows in the footsteps of Robert Snodgrass and Max Gradel, who both requested transfers away from the Elland Road club.
Becchio, 29, is the the leading goalscorer at the club – with an impressive tally of 19. The fans at Elland Road believe Becchio to be the most loyal player at the club, which is reflected in the fact the former Merida star has remained at the club for five years.
The news broke yesterday afternoon, when the club released this statement:
Luciano Becchio, who has been the subject of two separate bids from foreign clubs during the January transfer window, has handed in a transfer request to the club, as financially he believes his best interests are served by a move away from Leeds United’.
The Argentinians ‘financial needs’ have reportedly lead to a new contract offer from the board at Elland Road. It is believed Becchio has been offered a contract extension and a wage packet that is of ‘Premier League’ stature.
Perhaps the club should focus on bringing in a replacement. When a player wants out, they want out – and if it is for money reasons then good luck to them.
Heartbreak and anguish have followed Leeds United since the Risdale era, through the Bates era and now the GFH era is showing no early signs of changing. However, the club and the fans need to unite and once again become United – not just by name – but by nature.
Players come and go, Luciano Becchio is just another player wanting his shot at the high life. The former Boca Juniors player owes the club nothing and good luck and best of wishes should be offered.
Hopefully the price is above the £2.5 million mark as the fans desperately need a sign of intent from the new owners that they have team priorities at heart. Football is losing it’s heart to money, one begs of GFH not to treat the beloved Leeds United as a game of Monopoly, gambling on whether to build a hotel or sell it on.
R.I.P another loyal and talented player leaving Leeds United. Go and make a name for yourself, Luciano – like Robert Snodgrass and Max Gradel have done before you.