Three Leeds players who lit up their spell in the Premier League

Three Leeds players who lit up their spell in the Premier League
Leeds' Gary Kelly clears under pressure from Crewe's Luke Varney. Picture: John Jones/PA.

LEEDS United are on the brink of returning to the Premier League and they would be a welcome addition.

One of the biggest clubs in England, the Yorkshire club’s 16-year absence from the top flight has been a major loss. Leeds have had some truly memorable times in the league and it was a shame that their mishandling of finances inevitably cost them their Premier League status.

Their squad in 2004 was still very talented and should not have been relegated. Leeds spend millions acquiring players during their years in the Premier League, but the three players that should be remembered the most by Leeds’ supporters are...

Gary Kelly was mister reliable for Leeds. He was Leeds’s very own Denis Irwin a player who was recognised by his fellow professionals as an exceptional talent.

Leeds United's Gary Kelly and Celtic's Henrik Larsson challenge for the ball at Elland Road, during Gary Kelly's testimonial match.
Leeds United's Gary Kelly and Celtic's Henrik Larsson challenge for the ball at Elland Road, during Gary Kelly's testimonial match.

Kelly was appreciated by the supporters but underrated by opposition fans and didn’t get the plaudits he deserved during his time at Elland Road. He was a manager’s dream, the type of player a manager knew that they could count on when times get tough.

Kelly was more of a traditional full-back, who prioritised defending over getting forward.

Mark Viduka spent four seasons at Leeds finishing top scorer in each season, scoring 72 goals in the process. He is the club’s all-time top Premier League scorer. Viduka experienced all the highs and lows during his time at Elland Road, leading the club to a Champions League semi-final but ended up leaving the club after their relegation.

Viduka will be most be fondly remembered for the four goals he scored in a game against Liverpool at Elland Road which Leeds won 4-3.

His performance on that day typified the type of player the Australian was. He wasn’t blessed with speed, or possessed many tricks, but give Viduka half a chance and he would find the net.

Harry Kewell was one of the most gifted players to play for Leeds in the club’s time in the Premier League.

His departure from Leeds to Liverpool left a sour taste with most of the Whites’ supporters, but there was no doubting that during his time at Elland Road, the Leeds fans witnessed one of the greats.

Injuries played a big part in the demises of his career after his switch to Liverpool but during his time at Leeds, Kewell was one of the most exciting players in the league.

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