Even though the fact that Leeds have been out of the English top division for the past many years, they are still one of the biggest club in the country. The fan following of the club is massive. There have been some great Leeds’ side over the years.
The iconic Leeds side of the 1960s and ‘70s won consistently both at home and abroad under Don Revie are undoubtedly the finest team the club has ever produced. Howard Wilkinson’s Leeds of the early 1990s won one championship, while David O’Leary’s side of the late 90s and early 2000s threatened to achieve big things without ever really fulfilling their potential. In their rich history, many great players have played for the club. In this article, we will have a look at the greatest Leeds United XI of all time.
Considering the loyalty, legacy, impact, success and work rate, here’s the greatest Leeds United XI of all time.
Centre forward – John Charles
Strong, fast, powerful and tall, standing at 6’2”, John Charles started out, perhaps unsurprisingly, as a centre-back after joining Leeds from Swansea as a teenager. However, following the rise to prominence of a young Jack Charlton in the early 1950s, Charles was used as a centre-forward.
His hulking presence, aerial ability, aggressive running and nose for goal made him one of the finest finishers in the world at the time and, after scoring 38 goals in 40 games in 1956-57, he moved on to Juventus, where he became known as ‘Il Gigante Buono’, or ‘The Gentle Giant’. He stands as Leeds’ all-time second-highest scorer, with his 157 total bettered only by Peter Lorimer.
Striker – Allan Clarke
Allan Clarke is best known for scoring arguably the most valuable goal in Leeds’ history: the winner in the 1972 FA Cup final against Arsenal. He was widely viewed as a crucial piece in Revie’s puzzle, bringing a genuine goal threat up front upon his signing from Leicester City for £165,000.
Clarke made an immediate impact, scoring 17 times in 29 league games in his first campaign. Clarke’s positioning ability made him the perfect partner for the more energetic Mick Jones, and together the pair gave opposition defences so many nightmares. He scored 151 goals in 364 appearances for the Whites.
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