Leeds-affiliated striker Bonne shines in the national competition with Leyton Orient.
Leeds United could have another version of Elland Road icon Jermaine Beckford if they win the reported race to land Leyton Orient striker Macauley Bonne.
Leeds signed a young Beckford in the summer of 2006 with Wealdstone FC, a team that played in the Isthmian Premier League. The striker worked part-time as a windbreak fitter for RAC.
Beckford, who is now 34 and plays for League Two side Bury, scored 84 goals in 147 league and cup appearances for Leeds – with the Chelsea youth player who managed to return Leeds to the championship at the end of the 2009-10 season to win.
He left Leeds to participate in Everton this summer, scoring 10 goals in 40 games including an incredible solo effort against his former youth team Chelsea. His story is certainly one in the category rags to riches.
Now Leeds could add a new version of Beckford on their side in Bonne, TeamTalk claimed that Marcelo Bielsa's rivalry in Nottingham Forest, Derby County and Norwich City was hotshot for the national competition.
The 23-year-old is on fire for Orient this season, as Justin Edinburgh seems to accompany his side to a return to League Two on the second attempt. Bonne scored 15 goals in 21 games, including one against Wrexham on Saturday.
The future of the red-hot rush, however, remains doubtful, with his contract at the end of the season. It can tempt Orient to sell it in January, instead of losing it for free in the summer.
If Leeds can win the Bonne race, they are about to sign a player who can reflect the impact of Beckford and become a cult hero on Elland Road – just like Beckford.