Leeds United is one of the biggest clubs in England. Over the years many great players have played for the club. However, the club also have had some terrible players in their history. In this article, let us have a look at some of the worst Leeds United signings ever.
Considering price, performances, appearances, wages etc, here are the ten worst Leeds United signings ever.
10. Lee Sharpe
Lee Sharpe played a key role in Manchester United’s resurgence under Sir Alex Ferguson in the early 1990s. He became Leeds’ joint-record signing when he arrived for £4.5 million in 1996.
His time at Leeds was beset by further injuries. He made 26 Premiership appearances in 1996–97, scoring five goals, but a pre-season knee injury ruled him out for the entire 1997–98. He was unable to regain his place in the team on recovery.
9. Darren Huckerby
Darren Huckerby was signed for £6 million from Coventry City in 1999. He previously played solely as a central striker, but was forced out wide by the weight of top forwards available to David O’Leary.
In his time at Elland Road, he scored two goals in 40 league games, both of which were against former club Coventry City and Watford. He had to compete for a place in the team with some players such as Mark Viduka, Alan Smith and Michael Bridges and as a result he was never a regular.
He spent 18 months at Elland Road, scoring only six goals. Huckerby was then sold to Manchester City for just over half what Leeds paid for him.
8. Tomas Brolin
Tomas Brolin’s spell at Leeds United was nothing short of a disaster. Most observers in England think Brolin is one of the worst signings in Premier League history.
The forward had come fourth in Ballon d’Or voting in 1994 after helping Sweden reach the semi-final at that year’s World Cup in the USA.
The driving force behind Sweden’s Euro 92 and World Cup 94 campaigns was a huge flop in English football. He went on to become one of the worst Leeds United signings ever, following his £4.5million move from Parma in 1995.
He was a massive disappointment, given the transfer fee and excitement surrounding his arrival, but injuries and personality clashes were more the problem, rather than performance.
7. Frank Strandli
Imposing striker Strandli joined Leeds in 1993 during their unsuccessful title defence having been a shining light in his native Norway.
Just eleven minutes after coming on for Rod Wallace, Norwegian International Frank Strandli opened the scoring against Middlesbrough but it was to prove a false start for the big Norwegian striker.
He struggled to adapt to the English game and left just a year later having contributed two goals in 16 appearances. He will always be remembered as one of the worst Leeds United signings ever.
6. Steve Morison
Unhappy with Luciano Becchio’s 19-goal haul in the first half of 2012-13, Neil Warnock jumped at the chance to swap a man in Leeds’ top 10 league goalscorers of all time for Norwich City’s Steve Morison, promising the former Millwall man would “be a legend here in a few years”.
In a deal in which everyone came out a loser, Becchio failed to make an impact at Carrow Road, Morison scored more goals on loan back at Millwall than he did in two years at Leeds and Warnock was sacked two months after the transfer.