Garry Kelly is your man at right back and Kasper Schmeichel is your choice in goals. I can’t say the team has thrown up any early surprises but tonight you will pick two foreign centre backs to go into the back four and there are a few strong candidates. For those asking yes, there will be a British XI coming straight after the foreign one, probably late next week we will begin. For now, it’s your decision for the centre back pairing.
Is there any need to even put him in the poll or should I juts put his straight in the side? I think it’s more to do with who his partner will be rather than if he will make the team himself. Lucas Radebe is one of the most idolised Leeds United players in history, and gets mentioned in the same breath as many of the clubs historic legends. Radebe arrived as an unknown and retired as a Leeds United hero, a fan favourite that could do no wrong at the football club he fell in love with. A wonderful defender who put every ounce into every game for the Leeds and a player who could have moved on to any club in the world but decided to stay and be loyal to Leeds United. Radebe is my favourite player to ever play for Leeds United, bar none.
It’s surprising how many British centre backs we’ve actually had, picking out the ones from overseas isn’t so straightforward. Pontus Jansson certainly fits the bill. It’s worth noting that Jansson is now a big part of the Swedish national side and is probably one of the first names on the current team sheet. Despite only being at the club for a year he has made more of an impact than any other in their first season in a long time. Arriving from Torino on loan Jansson was earmarked as a key pin in Leeds mechanics and has now signed on a full time basis, the deal to start this summer. Jansson is easily Premier League material and seems to have got better as the season has gone on. The deal to see him sign on a permanent was a huge boost to the whole club, with Jansson in the side we can live with our backs up against the wall, something we haven’t coped with in around a decade.
Kisnorbo, an Aussie who was crucial in spells as Leeds got out of the League One abyss what seems an age ago. Quality at that level and the only thing that held him back was injuries. Kisnorbo was a warrior and always seemed to have bandages across his head after collisions, but always soldiered on. If he had stayed fit then I think he would have played many more years than he actually did for the club but as it was Simon Grayson had to let him go, eventually he ended up playing in his homeland for Melbourne Heart, now known as City, owned by Manchester City.
Another who has been debated on social media. At right back by trade but given the overwhelming votes for Gary Kelly that were inevitable it was decided he would be put in for the centre half spot as a wildcard. Halle arrived pre 2000 under George Graham and despite the dominance of Gary Kelly he did make over 80 appearances for the club. A very good footballer who never let the side down. He also made over 60 appearances for the Norwegian national side. Would be a surprise to see him make the side but stranger things have happened. Worth a mention for sure.
Also placed in the right back category last night but another who could play in the centre of defence. He was known as a centre back and even a central midfielder but there isn’t any issues with playing him anywhere across the back line. The Norwegian will always be remembered in football for his incidents with Manchester United skipper Roy Keane, the Irish midfielder ended Haland’s career on the turf at Old Trafford with one of the worst tackles your likely to see in football. Haland played over 70 times for the club and scored 8 goals during his 3 year spell. Had previously played for Nottingham Forest and went on to Manchester City from Leeds.