Delph and Milner start: Best XI to have played for both Leeds and Aston Villa
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Leeds are set to play in front of the television cameras for the fourth consecutive time as they take on Aston Villa in Saturday’s tea-time kick-off.
The Yorkshire giants will be hoping to secure their fourth win in five Championship games, as they look to continue their magnificent form that has seen them hit the playoff spots.
But Garry Monk’s men will come up against an in-form Aston Villa side, who have remained unbeaten in their last seven domestic encounters under Steve Bruce.
With both sides enjoying plenty of golden years in the Premier League, here is our best XI featuring players to have played for both sides.
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Aproduct of Leeds’ esteemed youth academy, England international Scott Carson came through the ranks at Elland Road before moving to Liverpool. However, a mistake-marred stay at Anfield lead to him leaving for multiple clubs on loan including a year-long spell at Villa Park.
Making over 100 appearances for both sides, Tony Dorigo moved to Leeds after a four-year stay with Villa. The Australian was a vital part of Leeds’ Division One winning side in 1992. Former Middlesbrough stalwart Ugo Ehiogu made six league appearances for Leeds, after nine years with the Midlands giants.
On the left, Stephen Warnock was chosen over Alan Wright after starring for Leeds for two years in which he made 67 league and cup appearances. The Liverpool academy graduate had moved to Leeds from Villa, where he won a League Cup runners-up medal.
Glittered with international stars, Leeds and Villa shared some of England’s household names throughout their Premier League years. Fabian Delph is currently with Manchester City after leaving Leeds to join Villa, while another academy graduate, James Milner, has made 428 Premier League appearances for the likes of Leeds, Villa, Newcastle, Manchester City and Liverpool.
Norwegian international Eirik Bakke starred for both sides before retiring to enter management, while ex-England winger Steve Stone is joined by former Celtic star Alan Thompson after featuring for both Leeds and Villa.
Ross McCormack was a fan favourite at Elland Road, as he single handedly kept Leeds alive during his four-year stay in Yorkshire. A £12million summer signing for Villa in the summer, McCormack has struggled to become a part of Bruce’s side and could find himself leaving in January.
A £1.5million signing for Villa from Leicester City, retired striker Julian Joachim featured 176 times in all competitions for the Midlands giants. He joined Leeds as they were relegated in 2004, on a free transfer from Coventry.