Luciano Becchio will be offered the chance to rescue his Norwich City career, despite publicly airing his frustration at a lack of first team chances.
The Argentine joined the Canaries in January for an undisclosed fee, having impressed since arriving in England with Leeds United in 2008. Becchio had an impressive strike rate for the current Championship side, hitting 75 goals in 190 league appearances, and he spoke with excitement at replicating this form whilst in the Premier League.
However, the 29-year-old has been unable to establish himself at Carrow Road, and failed to find the back of the net during his eight outings last season. And with the arrivals of Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Gary Hooper and Johan Elmander during the summer window, his situation has worsened as he is yet to feature in the Premier League this term.
“I’m surprised and frustrated at what’s happened to me,” the Cordoba-born hitman has been quoted as saying in The Mirror.” I’ve not had any chance to show what I can do and I’ve not been given any reasons. I’m just mystified by what’s going on. I can’t understand it at all. I’ve not had the chance and I’m not getting any answers either. If the club don’t want me, what was the point of signing me? I can’t figure it out at all.”
Such outspoken comments could have landed Becchio in hot water at Carrow Road, but Chris Hughton has acted swiftly to state that whilst he is unhappy with the comments, he is prepared to draw a line under the situation. Indeed, the Norwich boss has confirmed that the South American will be part of the squad to face Crystal Palace at the weekend.
“It was disappointing but it is something I have dealt with in-house and is very much club business,” said Hughton on the Sky Sports website. “The relationship I have with Luciano is very good and he is someone I have got a lot of respect for. He is a good lad and my door is always open. Will he be in the squad this weekend? Yes, he will. He is a very good lad, but in this circumstance he needs to do things in the appropriate manner.”
If Becchio is given a rare opportunity against the Eagles, he could pay back his manager by helping his side collect maximum points. After a difficult opening 12 matches, in which they have won just three times, Norwich are only a single point ahead of the Premier League relegation zone, and just four ahead of bottom-placed club Sunderland.