Luciano Becchio scored 86 goals in 221 appearances for Leeds United between 2008 and 2013.
Elland Road has seen some goal-scorers over the years, but Becchio is one who’s often forgotten. He joined Gary McAllister’s Leeds United after a successful trial in the summer of 2008.
It was his first club outside of Spain and fans had high hopes for the Argentine. Becchio had just scored 22 goals in 38 Spanish Segunda B games with Merida, though League One would be a whole new challenge for the 24-year-old.
English football didn’t phase him though – Becchio scored 19 goals in his first season with Leeds and 17 in his second as they won promotion back into the Championship.
The 2010/11 season was Becchio’s most defining with Leeds. He rose to the occasion and scored 19 Championship goals, 20 in all competitions, and established himself as one of the EFL’s most prolific strikers.
Surpassing his 26th birthday though, and injuries started to beset Becchio. It was his hamstring that held him back but despite that, Becchio scored 11 goals in the 2011/12 campaign, and another 19 in 2012/13 – his last with Leeds.
Looking as though he was overcoming his injury troubles and hitting his peak form, Becchio was snapped up by Premier League side Norwich City on the winter deadline day in 2013, with Steve Morison heading the other way as part of the deal.
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All 19 of his goals for Leeds that season had came in the 31 games he played up until his Norwich move, and they needed a goal-scorer to help retain their Premier League status.
Norwich stayed up, but Becchio didn’t find the net in eight league games. His magic was seemingly gone by the time of his first full season at Norwich, half-way through which he joined Rotherham United on-loan.
The injuries were slowly creeping back and Becchio just wasn’t the same player – he left Norwich to join Argentinian side Belgrano in 2015.
That looked to be the end of Becchio, but in January 2016 after one year back home in South America, Becchio returned to Rotherham United.
Ex-Leeds manager Neil Redfearn was in charge, but Becchio’s uninspiring spell wasn’t extended by its initial six months, and Becchio left the following summer for Segunda B side Atlético Baleares.
In the 2016/17 season, Becchio managed four goals in 14 league games, and after a brief spell with Spanish outfit Binissalem, he retired.
Today, Becchio is assistant manager to Argentinian manager Horacio Melgarejo at Baleares.
A fine goal-scorer in his day, and a once favourite of Leeds fans. At 36-years-old he’s got years of coaching and potential management ahead of him, and he could yet make a third return to English football.