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McAllister wants Beckford to stay

Jermaine Beckford
Beckford's hat-trick was his first in Leeds colours

Leeds United manager Gary McAllister has said he believes he can hang on to leading scorer Jermaine Beckford despite interest from other clubs.

The 24-year-old was Leeds' top scorer last season and has got four so far this season including a hat-trick in the 5-2 Carling Cup win at Chester.

McAllister said: "He's on a lengthy contract and nobody will leave the club unless I want them to go.

"That's what the chairman has said to me so I trust him."

Beckford's treble came in the first half as Leeds raced into a 5-1 half time lead and McAllister was full of praise for the striker.

"It was a superb hat-trick, the first one was opportunist, the second one a trademark Jermaine Beckford finish but the chip [for the third goal] was exquisite.

"He has a lot of technique, a lot of ability but also a lot of bravery because you can make yourself look pretty foolish if it doesn't come off."

He looks hungry, he's starting to look as if he wants to score goals

Gary McAllister
Beckford was signed from non-league side Wealdstone in March 2006 and after loan-spells at Carlisle and Scunthorpe he has established himself as a first-team regular at Elland Road last season, scoring 20 goals.

McAllister said he believes there is still more to come from the striker: "We do still have to remind ourselves that he's a guy that was only playing non-league football three years ago, so he's come a long way very quickly.

"His attitude throughout was superb, the thing we're trying to get across to him is that quality players and goalscorers, top ones that is, repeat and repeat and repeat, they're not just one-season wonders.

"He looks hungry, he's starting to look as if he wants to score goals."

see also
Chester 2-5 Leeds
12 Aug 08 |  League Cup

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