The dust has well and truly settled on the January transfer window and our coaches here in the “Managers Office” have been looking back on those fantasy prospects who made the plunge on the final day of the window. This look into the most notable signings on deadline day assess their fantasy potential over the coming weeks and gives fantasy managers a little insight into how they may effect life at their new clubs, with our recent articles in the series on Chris Samba, Danny Graham and Urby Emanuelson completed our attention now turns to one of the many men from Leeds who have made the jump from the Championship over recent months.
Luciano Becchio to Norwich
Once again for the second transfer window in a row Norwich boss Chris Hughton has looked to the Championship to help bolster his squad and for the second successive time he has found that Leeds have the player he needs. The 29-year-old joins the Canaries, having spent five years at Elland Road in a deal that saw Steve Morison heading in the opposite direction.
Becchio joins his former team mate Robert Snodgrass at Carrow Road and I’m sure his new manager and fantasy managers alike will be hoping he has a similar impact to that of Snodgrass. The Argentine striker has yet to be challenged at the highest level of the English game, however, in each of his five seasons at Elland Road he has notched up a minimum of 10 goals a season with his best season coming in 2010/11 when he scored 19.
Becchio makes the move with a bit of form behind him having already scored 16 in 26 appearances for the West Yorkshire club. The former Boca Juniors player told the Canaries website:
“I am really happy about having the chance to play in the Premier League, it is brilliant for me personally and for my career.
“The Premier League has some brilliant players including people like (Sergio) Aguero and (Carlos) Tevez (Becchio’s compatriots) and it will be a great experience for me to play against players of that quality.”
Norwich have been on a terrible run of form of late and have not won a game since round 17, Becchio comes into the game at £5.7 million and having made his debut from the bench on Saturday against QPR it will be interesting to see how he will fit into the side.Norwich started the season with a front two but quickly moved to 4-4-1-1, with Wes Hoolahan handed a playmaker role behind Holt, Hoolahan was the man to make way at Loftus Road on Saturday which may suggest that Becchio could play in “the hole” behind Holt over the coming week’s but with Hoolahan in such good form Becchio could also have to battle it out with Holt for game time unless we see a return to a 4-4-2
With three home games in the next four against Fulham, Everton and Southampton on the cards, the former Leeds man may get a chance to show us what he is made of and if he can find his scoring boots early he may be one to get on while the going is good.