If you are a fan of football beyond the top flight, then the name Jermaine Beckford won’t be foreign to you. The former Chelsea trainee has been a revelation up in Yorkshire for Leeds since returning from loan at Scunthorpe in 2007.
This season Beckford has already struck 19 times adding to 34 in the previous season and 20 goals the season before that. So with a scoring record like that, why hasn’t he been snapped up by a bigger club?
Many have tried and failed as Leeds realise how important his goals are in their attempt to regain their status amongst the best clubs in the country and having already sold Fabian Delph to Aston Villa at the start of the season, Leeds can’t afford to let their prized possesion leave but Beckford it appears has forced their hand.
Famously when asked about his future away from the club, Beckford famously responded,
“What shirt am I wearing, bruv? You bein’ serious?”
But last may with only a year left on his deal, he rejected Leeds offer of a new contract and was placed on the transfer list. Although remaining in Yorkshire, he did not sign a new contract so with his current deal running out in the summer and refusing to sign a new contract, Beckford could finally seal a move to Newcastle after being heavily linked with a move to the Tyne.
Chris Hughton has lined him up as a potential signing as Newcastle continue their push to the Premiership and with his current contractual status, he would be a very cheap option with a figure of £1.5m being suggested.
There have been questions over his ability to operate at the highest level as the difference in quality between League one in which he currently operates and the Premiership which he potantially could be, is huge. But he should take heart, if David Nugent can get a goal or 2 in the top flight, then he should be able too.
Nugent has been tested against Premier League opposition already this season, making a nusance of himself against Liverpool in the Carling Cup whilst grabbing a goal. So when Leeds face Manchester United on Sunday in the 3rd round of the FA Cup if you have not seen Beckford before, keep an eye open, he may just find himself grabbing the headlines against a young United team.