Beckford lifting Vere with goals
Coach Linval Dixon was convinced that Kemar Beckford would help solve their goal-scoring problems before the forward's debut for Vere United in the Jamaica Premier League (JPL) over a week ago.
The Clarendon-based Vere have one of the lowest goal-per-match records, having scored two or more goals in a game in only four matches last season.
That trend continued at the start of the season, but already, Beckford has been making a difference, with two goals and an assist in two games.
Vere, for the first time this season, on Sunday, registered two or more goals in a match in a 4-1 defeat of Lime Hall, and Beckford was at the heart of it, scoring and assisting a goal.
The player, who has spent the last few seasons playing in Central America, admitted he may not be in the JPL for the duration of the season but said he will help Vere get some wins under their belt while he is here.
"Vere is like this, they do not score many goals, so to have a striker like me that is used to the league, makes me feel good.
"I have to bring my talent at game time. I have to come and show my talent and goal-scoring abilities. I have to bring that to the games and try to give them some victories," he said.
Beckford is feeling at home and is ready to deliver after taking some time to settle with the other players.
"It has been two months since I have been training with them. I didn't do the preseason, and I had to get to know the players and their styles and get familiar with everyone and how they play.
"Things are great in the camp right now. I am not going to be here for a long time. I will only be here for a while, but while I am here, I will do what I have to do to score some goals and help my team get as many victories," he continued.
Beckford is expected to share the goal-scoring burden with captain Javier Brown, who notched a brace in the last game, but, despite the expectations, the former ADR Jicaral (Costa Rica) and Jocoro (El Salvador) player, Beckford says there is no pressure.
"It is not any pressure. My job is to score goals, and most of the defenders in Jamaica are scared of me. So when I am out there, I do my best. I give a hundred per cent.
"So, as long as I am present, it will be trouble for defenders, and I always want at least one goal a match. If I get two, that's a plus, but my habit is to score goals," he stated.