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My Ultimate Leeds United XI
Leeds United are my football team, they are the team I prize above all other sporting teams. They are allowed to make me cry, they are allowed to make me scream, they are allowed to make me rant in public about how our defender has no positional sense and a small Yucca tree would have more positional play.
As a fan every player who puts on that pure and noble white shirt is a God made man. Yes the rational objective mind, turns to a more masculine version of a girl following her teen boy band through adolescents. Although my team may not be in the top division at the moment, I still follow there games as much as humanly possible.
So as this is my 50th Hub, I figured I would do a hub dedicated to my love of Leeds United Football Club. I have decided to give you my top eleven players who have played for the " Mighty Whites ". I am pretty sure fellow Leeds fans have their own starting eleven and I am sure every team we would pick would be different. Anyway i will line my team up in a 4-4-2 formation and tell you why I think they are worthy of inclusion.
Well i suppose i shall start off handing out the Goalkeeping jersey to my team of world beaters, I have narrowed the list down to a) John Lukic b) Paul Robinson c) Nigel Martyn d) Mervyn Day or e) Gary Sparke. After much consideration i am handing the number one jersey to Paul Robinson. Robinson joined Leeds United from school and was part of the 1997 youth cup team. Robinson broke into the Leeds team in 2001/2002 season and was sold on after Leeds United's relegation. Robinson is an excellent shot stopper and instrumental of Leeds Uniteds assault on Europe between 2001-2003.
My Leeds United XI
- Paul Robinson
- Gary Kelly
- Tony Dorigo
- Billy Bremner ( CAPTAIN )
- John Charles
- Lucas Radebe
- Gary McCallister
- Gary Speed
- Peter Lorimer
- Tony Yeboah
- Johnny Giles
Next up is the defence, this one was quite hard to pick in general but I am 100% happy with my choices. For Right Back I was torn between the 1992 league winning right back Mel Sterland or former Republic of Ireland full back Garry Kelly. I opted for Gary Kelly as his only professional club was Leeds United and he stayed at Leeds through the dark days of our financial meltdown. I don't know who was the better defender but Kelly's loyalty is rare in this day and age.
So next is the number 3 shirt and I think it has to belong to Tony Dorigo of the Championship winning team of 1992. He was so quick it was unbelievable, he was always getting back to defend and always supported his winger. Its a shame he didn't get more of a chance with the England squad, but Kenny Samson and Stuart Pearce would take a lot of budging.
For central defence I have mixed a bit of old with a bit of modern day. It was very difficult choosing the central defenders but I have gone with Welsh legend John Charles and South African icon Lucas Radebe. John Charles was equally good as a centre forward or centre back. The man was a legend for Leeds United and was popular when he played for Juventus in Italy.
One of the Stadiums stands bears his name now. Lucas Radebe was a tremendous servant to Leeds United he put his body on the line for Leeds United and was a bargain buy from South Africa's Kaiser Chiefs. The other Central defenders I had considered were Jack Charlton, Derek Whyte, Norman Hunter, Chris Fairclough, Johnathon Woodgate, Rio Ferdinand, and Dominic Matteo.
The number 4 shirt belongs to Billy Bremner, the former Scottish International was the heart beat of Don Revie's majestic Leeds team of the 1970's. Bremner beat off the competition of local lad David Batty who was an England international and a league winner himself. Bremner has to be captain of this Leeds team, after all he managed Leeds United as well. Bremners Midfield partner is Gary Speed, this former Wales international is a model pro and his fitness and dedication have been admired at all of his subsequent clubs. His main rival was Harry Kewell, but Speed's consistency saw him through.
For the wingers I have chosen former Scottish international Gary McCallister( number 7 ) and former Leeds United star of the 70's Johnny Giles. Both these players had tricks and turns to worry defenders and both could pick the killer ball to unlock the tightest of defence's. A notable omission here are Gordon Strachan, and Eric Cantona.
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For my strikers I have gone with Peter Lorimer over Lee Chapman purely as I rate Lorimer as a better all round player. Chapman was more of a poacher of goals in the penalty area. Lorimer had a fantastic shot and he genuinely scarred the opposition. His strike partner is Ghanain striker Tony Yeboah who showed such good lethal finishing in his seasons at Leeds United. Yeboah edged out Allan Clarke, Alan Smith and Rod Wallace. Yeboah was great for Leeds and if we could have signed him a bit earlier he would have been even better.
Well that is the team I have chosen i hope I have not missed anyone to obvious from my starting eleven. If you would do it different please give me your suggestions in the comment box.