Luciano Becchio has been a stalwart of the Leeds United side for several years with speculation over his future exploding at the start of January. Norwich City seem set to sign him ahead of Wigan but it may not be the best move.
Fair enough Becchio has played close to 200 games for Leeds but these matches have been in League One and the Championship. He has no experience of playing in the Premier League which means he could struggle with the pace and physical side of the game. He’s not played in a single top European division in his career.
Becchio is 29-years-old and is unlikely to improve much more in terms of being a professional player. Therefore, Norwich are taking a huge gamble on the fact that his technique and his form are already good enough for him to have an impact in Premier League matches.
This is likely to be the final move of Becchio’s career and hence he will demand the same contract he had at Leeds or one that is even better. Considering he’s one of the best paid players at Leeds, it could be a big financial commitment for a club of Norwich’s calibre, especially when there are alternatives out there.
Go back to the summer of 2011 when he was last touted around to several Premier League clubs and not a single side bit the bait. He’s now older and hasn’t changed drastically in terms of his strike rate. If there were reasons clubs didn’t sign him then, they are still lingering around and have even increased in number.
He carries a bit of a reputation in the Championship for being a strong and physical player, a bit of a wall. This reputation is likely to get him nowhere in the Premier League with teams used to playing against strong strikers. Maybe Norwich should be going for someone who is a bit more versatile.
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