Beckford put in his place by The Mirror TSS November 25, 2009 Leeds United 17 Comments Not often I agree with anything written in The Mirror. More often than not, I refuse to read it in all honesty, but a link on Newsnow this morning caught my eye. In an age of increasing player power, it’s refreshing to see Leeds stand up to Jermaine Beckford. Beckford has ideas above his station and feels he has outgrown Leeds, which is interesting considering they picked him up from non-league Wealdstone. The striker has rejected Leeds’ offer of a new deal at Elland Road in the hope a Bolton or a Newcastle will swoop for him in January. Ken Bates and Simon Grayson’s response has been to tell him he won’t be leaving before the end of the season, even if it means losing him on a free when his contract runs out in the summer. Their stance should be applauded and they have cleverly put the onus on Beckford to keep himself in the shop window by scoring the goals to win Leeds promotion. Beckford is deluded if he thinks he is Premier League class and he is a poor man’s Andy Cole, who needs two or three chances to score one. He has a lot of improving to do before he could cut it in the top flight and if he has any sense, he will stick with Leeds and continue his education under the excellent Grayson. Couldn’t have put it better myself, and I watch the striker week in, week out. He’s a class act at this level and I have no doubt he’ll be a strong enough striker in the Championship. The Premier League however is a different game entirely. You don’t get numerous chances a game and never get as much time on the ball. Beckford may well be able to develop with Leeds and take that step up. Other players have in the past afterall, but if he was to move straight to Bolton, I think he’d be forgotten about within weeks and shifted quickly to the reserves. Agreeing with a national red-top myth-maker could well be a first. The Mirror writing something of interest, that’s without bias and actually complimentary of the Leeds United management is definitely a first. One of those days I guess – it won’t last!