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Leeds United: Peltier latest addition at Elland Road – Next up, a striker?

6 August 2012 by

Leeds United have completed the transfer of Lee Peltier from fellow Championship club Leicester City.

The deal done is for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £600,000.

The former Liverpool Trainee, who made only four appearances for the Merseysiders, none at senior level also had spells at Yeovil on loan before moving to Huddersfield Town in 2009 before moving to big spenders Leicester in 2011 for a fee of £750,000.

In total, the highly rated right back signs for Leeds, despite offers from other clubs including former employers Huddersfield, on a 3 year deal having amassed almost 200 league appearances.

It is believed Huddersfield’s ‘Players player of the season’ during the 09/10 season will be given the number 2 shirt vacated by transfer-listed Paul Connolly.

Leeds manager Neil Warnock has long been an admirer of Peltier, capped for England at Under 18 level, and becomes Warnock’s tenth summer signing as the Whites reshuffle continues.

Summer recruits include goalkeepers Paddy Kenny and Jamie Ashdown, defenders Jason Pearce and Adam Drury, midfielders David Norris and Paul Green and forwards Luke Varney and Andy Gray.
Jamaican international midfielder Rodolph Austin is set to complete his transfer from Norwegian side SK Brann on Sunday.

Striker

With veteran manager Warnock on the look out for a striker, although not to be rushed into a decision in the transfer market, perhaps one Jermaine Beckford who plys his trade at Peltiers previous club Leicester, would be worth a shout?

It’s of my belief that Leeds are in need of additional firepower up top, a 20+ goal a season calibre front man is required for United to realistically challenge at the upper echelons of the Championship.
Whilst Ross McCormack did well in the role last season with a return of 19 league goals, despite the Whites stuttering to a 14th place finish. The Scot is believed to be looking for a new deal to keep him at Elland Road beyond the closure of the transfer window.

The outgoing Snodgrass with 13 and Argentine Luciano Becchio with 11 were the only two players in double figures last campaign.

Many Leeds fans are divided on the issue of Beckford and a possible return, citing financial limitations of any potential deal being stuck between the two clubs.
Rumour has it that Beckford is unhappy with the Foxes amid growing tension with Leicester boss Nigel Pearson and would be open to a move back to Leeds.

He received a warm reception from the Leeds faithful during last seasons final game, turning out for the foxes, acknowledging the home fans fondly before being substituted at half time.

Jermaine was said to be taken a back with the warm welcome on his first visit to Elland Road as an opposing player, saying he didn’t want to score against Leeds, as at no other club has he been valued and treated so well and with such positivity.

Would you welcome back the former Elland Road number 9?

 

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11 Comments »

  • graham

    i would welcome him back tomorrow!! he loves the club and we will benefit from him and his 20 plus goals! just hope the no 15 shirt is free so it can be printed as

    BECKS

    15

    BACK

  • Rudolp Hess

    A VERY GOOD DECISON BY PELTIER TO CHOOSE LEEDS AND NOT THOSE SMALL TOWN CLOWNS.

  • Bobby D

    Would we welcome him back -he is greedy selfish and alittle petulent everything you want in a striker plus we know what damage he can do in this league in a word YES !!

  • Mike

    I’d take Beckford back any day – natural strikers like him are very hard to come by

  • Rudolf Nureyev

    I’d welcome him back. There was a bit of a rumour floating around on Twitter the other day. but I think some clown saw a picture of Peltier in his Leicester kit and thought it was Beckford.

  • Planet Leeds

    I would welcome Beckford back,

    but

    1.his wages may be the stumbling block
    2.would he really join us if premier league Southampton want him
    3.Why are Nazi war criminals and Russian ballet dancers contibuting to this blog

  • Bert Johnson

    You are welcome to Beckford. For Leicester he has showed nothing like the form that he did for you in League One. We would gladly get his salary off the books.

  • meerkat

    We look to be building a steady squad. When Jermaine left Leeds I was glad. I felt that he thought the grass was greener and his head had been turned by the premier league. Much the same as Snodgrass. However Jermaine has struggled ever since and I think if he did come back he would be more realistic regarding his ability and a bit more grown up. He is a talent within the Championship no doubt and with Warnock pulling the strings in a good squad he could easily hit 20 goals for us this season. He could once again hit the net to help get us promoted. His pace is still good and I think he would be much more settled and happier at Elland Road this time round. To be honest if Warnock really wanted him I think it could well happen. I would like to see him back in a white shirt. But we also need someone with pace to fit the gap left by Snodgrass.

  • Michael Forman

    Beckfords worth a punt being 28 and at the top of his career age wise get him in Colin.

  • Martin Maguire

    Need more then a strike leeds needs a good team and a good bench.No point just having a good 11 need a good 16 or more.

  • Banterz

    Beckford no matter what anyone says about him is pure class but only in a Leeds shirt, in any other he can’t play right. He would be perfect for colins (Neil Warnocks) plans and I don’t know why anyone would not want him back he got us out of League 1 and he had ambition get over it, he always will be welcome in any true leeds fans hearts!

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