COMMENT By Editor Wayne Veysey
To say the 14 years since Premier League relegation has been tough for Leeds is something of an understatement.
A near decade-and-a-half has been marked by distress, decay and discord, of perilous hand-to-mouth subsistence and the bleeding of the club’s assets – ground, training complex, staff, players, always players – to foot both running costs and extraordinary expenditure on gratuitous or avoidable litigation.
Off-field machinations have overwhelmed on-field ambitions because investment and long-term planning were replaced by perpetual crisis management caused by inadequate cash-flow and debt.
Leeds have lurched hectically from one owner to the next with some interludes of pluck in 2006, defiance in 2007-08, optimism from 2009-11 and again in 2016-17, plus self-respect in 2014-15.
In those 14 years, the various penny-pinching owners have scrabbled together enough coins and nous to source some very decent signings who have provided hope and excitement to long-suffering supporters.
Taking into account factors such as individual brilliance, impact on the team, overall achievement and staying power, Football Insider ranks the outstanding purchases, in reverse order.
Click below to find out who sits fifth in our list of Leeds’ best signings since 2004