Which Striker Is In Line For A Move To Leeds United?

Two years ago, Jermaine Beckford left Leeds after scoring the dramatic goal that finally saw us return to the Championship.

Beckford left on good terms and with the blessing of most fans, who could understand his reasons for departing.

Now, after a hit and miss season with Everton and then Leicester City, Beckford is being linked with a move ‘home’, with some rumours suggesting we submitted a bid last Friday.

With Neil Warnock confirming that a striker is next on his hit list of incoming players a variety of names have been thrown into the hat. Here, we take a look at four of those players suggested as the man Warnock wants to fire us to promotion, and their goal per game ratio over the last 2 years.

George Boyd

In the last two seasons Boyd has scored 22 goals in 88 league appearances, which might not seem overly prolific, but considering he can play on the wing, which he predominantly does, or as a striker, we cannot read too much into his scoring record.

Boyd is currently transfer listed and looking for a way out of Peterborough after rejecting their offer of a new contract. He has one year left on his current deal and has been linked with Crystal Palace, the team he supports, in recent days.

Current goal per game ratio – 1 every 4 games

Likelihood – 7/10 – Warnock has stated that Boyd is the type of player he is looking at, would be a suitable replacement for Snodgrass.

DJ Campbell

Campbell was the top scorer for Blackpool in their recent Premier League season, scoring 13 goals in 31 league appearances. After Blackpool were relegated Campbell moved to QPR but was unable to continue his form, mainly due to an injury hit season, notching just once in 10 league appearances.

In recent days Campbell has been reported to have asked for ‘showdown talks’ with Mark Hughes over his future at QPR, although West Ham and Reading are also reportedly interested in the strikers services.

Current goal per game ratio – 1 every 3 games.

Likelihood – 2/10 – Premier league interest would be hard to compete with.

Nicky Maynard

After failing to negotiate a new contract at Bristol City, Maynard moved to West Ham and sealed promotion with the Hammers. Since the move, Sam Allardyce struggled to fit Maynard into his system, often opting for Ricardo Vaz Te or Carlton Cole as his main man.

Recently, Maynard has indicated that he is willing to change his style of play to fit in with Allardyces preferred formation, stating –
“The gaffer has said that he is not going to stop me playing there (as a striker) but he wants me to play out wide as well so I have a bit of versatility.
It is down to me to work hard and as long as I am playing, in whatever position it is, I am going to do my best.”
In his last season at Bristol City, Maynard scored 8 goals in 26 league appearances, he then went on to score 2 in 14 appearances for West Ham.

Current goal per game ratio – 1 every 4 games

Likelihood – 3/10 –Happy to stay at West Ham and is willing to do what it takes to earn his chance, but could be tempted by guaranteed first team football.

Jermaine Beckford

Beckford is already a fans favourite at Elland Road and has been linked with a return in the past. His position at Leicester is unclear, as despite the majority of the fans rating him highly it does not appear that Nigel Pearson feels the same. This issue was rubbished by Beckfords agent, Nick Rubery, recently. When asked on Twitter whether Beckford would be leaving Leicester this summer, Rubery replied – “No chance. He’s Leicester’s #1 [sic] striker and is looking forward to pre-season.”

Leeds fans will remember the game against Leicester last season, which saw Beckford stay behind at Elland Road to sign autographs for the fans. To one fan he reportedly stated that the ‘only shirt he’d play in again at Elland Road would be a Leeds one’

Before joining Leicester, Beckford had a successful season in the Premier League with Everton, netting 8 times in 32 league appearances. The following season he played 2 games before joining up with Leicester, failing to get on the scoresheet in either. He then went on to score 9 in 39 appearances for the Foxes.

Current goal per game ratio – One in every 4.5 games

Likelihood – 8/10 – Warnock has also stated that Beckford is the caliber of striker he wants to sign and the striker clearly holds Leeds close to his heart. If the price is right Leicester look willing to listen.

So there you have it, four of the possible strikers that could soon be heading to Elland Road.

Of the four, which would you prefer?