5. Noel Hunt
In the summer of 2013, Hunt linked up with his old Reading boss McDermott, who was managing Leeds then. It seemed like a good idea at the time — little did the player know what he had let himself in for.
His Leeds career was hindered by injuries with him only making 22 senior apps over two years, without even finding the back of the net once.
4. Peter Barnes
Barnes arrived at Leeds for £750,000 in 1981 from West Brom, with his reputation still relatively intact. A lot was expected of the club record signing. However, that did not last long with Barnes scoring just one league goal in 30 games as the Whites were relegated to the Second Division.
He was sold to Real Betis a year later, with the Spanish club retaining the option to return him to Leeds after a year if he failed to settle in Seville. He was returned to Leeds in 1983, and following a short loan spell at Man Utd, he was eventually sold to Coventry City in 1984.
3. Paul Rachubka
Rachubka was signed as a back-up to Andy Lonergan in 2011. He was forced into action after the Leeds No.1 picked up an injury early in the season. Leeds went into the half-time dressing room 3-0 down to Blackpool, with Paul Rachubka at fault for all three goals.
He didn’t come out for the second half. Or ever put on a Leeds shirt again. All of this was enough for him to earn a place in the worst Leeds United signings ever.
2. Seth Johnson
Having starred for Derby County, Johnson was being tipped as the future of England’s midfield. As a result, Leeds forked out £7 million for his services.
Injuries plagued his time in West Yorkshire, though, and he made just 54 league appearances in four seasons with the club. His massive wages, meanwhile, are cited as the best illustration of the mass overspending that crippled the Whites during the early 21st century.
1. 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 problems, rather than performance.