Last night we did a piece of the top 5 bargains at Leeds United in the last decade and now we are moving on to the top 5 strikers. Again it’s just opinion, so feel free to have your say via the comments, on Twitter or on Facebook. The criteria is simple here, not just goals scored but what they brought to the side. There are decent options and plenty to think about.
Top 5 strikers in the last decade.
5. David Healy
David Healy came to Leeds at a time when we were slowly making our way down the Football League. He scored goals in a very average team and worked hard for the side. He will always be better known for his goals for the Northern Ireland national side, important goals were his thing at international level, a hat-trick against Spain in a 3-2 win at Windsor Park. The goals did come for Leeds although maybe not in the numbers he had hoped. Some very important goals as we looked to keep our heads above water before we did fall foul of the trap door. The only striker of real note before relegation and arrivals of Beckford and Becchio.
4. Ross McCormack
It pains me to praise McCormack but it’s hard to deny how good a striker he was in his time at Leeds. The player has become the classic modern day footballer and optimises everything that is wrong with the current game. Moving for money and then falling out of love with the clubs he moves to. However his time at Leeds was littered with goals of a very high quality. He struggled initially after a £25ok move from Cardiff City, scoring only twice in his first season. From there he moved on to become the main man at the club and eventually club captain under Brian McDermott. He left on bad terms but the goals he scored for the club before he left kept us in mid-table rather than fighting at the bottom.
3. Luciano Becchio
Becchio arrived as an unknown at the club but fans took to him early on. His ability for pooping up with goals became more important as time went on and he was the replacement for the seemingly irreplaceable Jermaine Beckford. Becchio arrived and played as the foil for Beckford in the early stages but did get his fair share of goals before the step up to the Championship came and with it came the arrival of Becchio. Goals came easy but it wasn’t hard to see he was playing at his level. Despite the obvious limitations he moved to Norwich and it didn’t work out and really his career was on the downward spiral since he left the club. Still held in very high regard at the club.
2. Jermaine Beckford
There is no need to really go through Beckford and what he did after his move from non-league to Leeds United. The rise took him to the Premier League were he held his own for a year at Everton. Goals came easy for Beckford, well he made them look easy. At times he was a man on a mission, his two most famous goals coming against Bristol Rovers in his final game to clinch promotion and then the goal that knocked Manchester United out in the 3rd round of the FA Cup in our promotion season. Beckford has been linked with the club every window since he left the club but it’s probably better he didn’t come back because he is an icon for what he achieved at the football club.
1. Chris Wood
Chris Wood is the most expensive striker at the club in the last decade and this season he has proved well worth the £3 million Massimo Cellino spent on him last summer. 35 goals so far in a season and a half (and a bit) isn’t a bad record at all and 30 goals in all competitions isn’t beyond him this season. He is the joint top scorer in the league and has become so important to the club that it’s easy to argue he is the most important player at the club, but the likes of Pontus Jansson also have a very strong case for that. Wood has won fans over and is taking us closer to the Premier League than we have been in a long time. His goals are coming on a regular basis and his confidence is peaking, £3 million is a steal.
Wildcard – Davide Somma
If Somma hadn’t had injury problems at Leeds United I believe he would still be scoring goals at this level. A horrible injury put his career on hold and he has never came back from it. A shame for the player who was beginning to look like the main man up front for Leeds.