Tonight sees the FA Cup fourth round replay between Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road. First time round, it was that man Jermaine Beckford who grabbed a brace and taught a few Spurs defenders a lesson or two to force this evenings replay. The 26-year-old produced his best performance yet in the 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane, which culminated in the striker displaying consummate composure to despatch an injury-time equaliser from the penalty spot.
The magic of the FA Cup is widely understood to be alive intermittently, but the competition always seems to bring the best out of one team in particular, and this season it’s Simon Grayson‘s Leeds United. The former United player, now manager, is hoping his in-form striker – although someone else would be nice – can once again cause another cup upset by knocking out Harry Redknapp‘s men in front of their home supporters.
Jermaine Beckford looked destined to venture onto pastures new during the January transfer window, after hitting 18 goals in 22 league appearances so far this season. Add to that, the former Wealdstone player has notched an impressive 5 in 5 in the FA Cup.
It is not yet known whether Beckford will stay with United beyond the current campaign, but I’m sure Grayson would be delighted if the player and club could sort out a new contract for him. However, if Beckford continues his purple patch in the FA Cup tonight, and knocks out another Premier League side in the process, Ken Bates will surely find it a tough task matching the ambitions of a Premier League outfit.