dexter blackstock moves to leedsBack
Dexter Blackstock has ruined Mathieu Smith’s good week by signing on a month’s loan with Leeds from Nottingham Forest.
Blackstock’s arrival is also a dagger in the heart of those more romantic fans who were hoping to see Luciano Becchio make a return home from his Anglian exile – in other words, me.
The striker has been signed on a three month loan, which will keep him at Elland Road through Christmas and until after the game at Brighton on January 25th.
Matt Smith was one of the stand out performers in United’s unexpected but very, very welcome 4-0 win against Birmingham on Sunday. Denied a hat trick by a close offside call, Smith had to make do with two goals, one a cool finish past several flailing Brum defenders, the other a Lee Chapman-esque header from Alex Mowatt’s Gary Speed-esque cross.
Those goals looked like the kickstart Smith needed to his career at Leeds, as he continues his ascent from student and non-league football, through League One and FA Cup success with Oldham, to Elland Road; Blackstock’s arrival will keep him on his toes, though – if he can even see them from up there – with the experienced striker adding some depth to a squad that has lacked options in attack this season.
Blackstock began his career at Oxford before moving to Southampton, and loan spells at Plymouth and Derby. His first season at QPR following a £500k transfer remains his most prolific, 13 goals in 39 appearances his best return in a career that has seen him break double figures twice more. The second occasion was his first season at Nottingham Forest, following a seven figure transfer, when Blackstock got 12 in 39, but a serious knee ligament injury early in the next season put the brakes on his career.
Last season Blackstock played 37 times for Forest, scoring six and setting up another seven, but has only managed one game for the club this season. The move to Leeds will give him the chance of more games and hopefully more goals, although he will first face the twin challenges of dislodging Matt Smith from his place in the team, and Luciano Becchio from his place in my heart.
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