It is always a thankless task selecting the “Greatest” anything, as people are influenced, sometimes by favouritism from a popularity point of view. Sometimes it’s simply by the fact that the players were from an era before a person started supporting the club and in many cases before they were even born. However, while selecting our greatest Leeds United midfielders ever, we took into consideration various factors, to make the list as accurate as possible.
Taking into account, fan surveys, online polls, expert opinions and the impact they had on the club, here are the 6 greatest Leeds United midfielders ever.
3. John Giles
Diminutive, fleet footed and quick-thinking, Giles was the unsung hero of Revie’s Leeds, diligently probing the midfield, snuffing out opposition attacks and building moves. He joined the club from rivals Manchester United in 1963 for a fee of £33,000 and went on to become one of the finest signings in English football history.
His slight physique belied a combative streak which allowed Revie to transform him into a central midfielder having spent much of his early career out on the wing. Next to Bremner, Giles would go on to patrol Leeds’ midfield throughout the 1960s and ‘70s.
Winning Division One, FA Cup, Fairs Cup and League Cup winner’s medals, Giles was a prolific penalty taker, converting 44 spot-kicks among his 115 goals. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest Leeds United midfielders ever.
2. Eddie Gray
A winger blessed with dazzling trickery, Eddie Gray’s elegant runs were the most aesthetically pleasing feature of Revie’s Leeds side. Tall, skinny and playing with a slight hunch, the Scottish left-footer’s looks deceived, as countless beaten opponents could testify to.
Technically refined and perfectly balanced, Gray brought a sophisticated touch to a team built primarily on practicality and efficiency.
In the late 60’s and early 70’s, he punished the best defenders in Europe, scoring 68 goals in his 19 years as a Leeds player. But none of them was better than his brace against Burnley at Elland Road, his amazing dribble around 7 defenders before scoring. The Leeds fans were struck dumb by the majesty of what they’d just seen!