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Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:42 am
by YorkshireSquare
Who, of all the players you have seen at Leeds United have been the biggest flops?

Tomas Brolin, Ian Rush, Seth Johnson, Kevin Nicholls, Steve Morison, Billy Paynter, Paul Rachubka, Michael Ricketts?

Re: Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:55 am
by gessa
We've had an embarrassing amount of them.

Brolin- reputation and cost involved puts him at the top of the list.
Morison - only Colin could see him being better for the team than Becchio. Was gobsmacked at the time and still find that transfer, unbelievable.
Ricketts - purely for his lack of effort at the time. He should have been embarrassed to collect his wage, mind so should all of them on that list.

Re: Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:57 am
by YorkshireSquare
gessa wrote: Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:55 am Ricketts - purely for his lack of effort at the time. He should have been embarrassed to collect his wage, mind so should all of them on that list.

John Bradley told me at the time that the club had had to get in an individual fitness coach just for Ricketts. He wasn't even training withthe rest of the squad, just doing fitness work all the time because he was so out of shape.

Re: Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:05 am
by HarryofOz
Peter Barnes, Roque Junior can be added to that list

Re: Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:11 am
by gessa
YorkshireSquare wrote: Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:57 am John Bradley told me at the time that the club had had to get in an individual fitness coach just for Ricketts. He wasn't even training withthe rest of the squad, just doing fitness work all the time because he was so out of shape.
How the hell he got an England cap, I'll never know.

Re: Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:14 am
by HarryofOz
gessa wrote: Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:11 am How the hell he got an England cap, I'll never know.
I joined the chorus of 'Ricketts for England'...any team but Leeds.

Re: Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:17 am
by gessa
HarryofOz wrote: Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:14 am I joined the chorus of 'Ricketts for England'...any team but Leeds.
:lol:

Re: Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:18 am
by Ellandback1
You need to add Noel Hunt to that list...

Re: Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:25 am
by YorkshireSquare
Ellandback1 wrote: Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:18 am You need to add Noel Hunt to that list...
God, forgot about him.

Have just remembered John Oster though...
Arrested following an incident outside a Durham nightclub, released after exposing himself at the clubs Christmas party.

Re: Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:46 am
by Chilli D
It probably is Ricketts. A big fat so and so who wouldn't have looked out of place in a pub team.
One of a select few who got two caps in one game - his first and last.
I'd add Cameron Stewart to that list but there have been many more.

Re: Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:26 pm
by weasel
I think you have to really judge this based on the return for the cost paid. I discount Seth Johnson because injuries robbed him of a chance to do well rather than him simply playing sh*te.

So for me it has to Brolin. We paid I think it was £4.5m for him which was a heck of a lot in them days - probably the equivalent of £70m in today's terms. He came with a glowing reputation having been a superstar in Italian football and also on the international stage for Sweden. Swedish players also tended to do well in Britain, a bit hardier than your flashy Italians etc. He was coming into what was usually the prime age for footballers and all in all it seemed a great deal and if ever a player seemed a sure thing to do well it was going to be Brolin. Sadly he became an overweight player who rarely seemed to try, when Wilko was sacked and George Graham took over it went from bad to worse as he never seemed to fit into the way Graham liked his teams to play, despite Graham having had a lot of success with Anders Limpar, a fellow swede, at the Gunners.

Re: Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:12 pm
by leic white 63
jimmy kebe.

decent for reading but was like bambi on ice for us.

Re: Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:16 pm
by paddy parrott
Come on Harry.. Junior& Barnes did at least try .

Re: Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:34 pm
by faaip
IIRC though Brolin got us a win v our bitter rivals..Good player probably screwed up by us tbh. You don't have an dominant WC without being a good player. Johnson never got fit and wasn't really needed, the perfect example of spending a lot of money for a back up. Bit like what a lot of Leeds fans expect us to be doing now.

Barnes was badly used by Clarke and that soured him on LUFC. He played well whenever I saw him, and that was a fair bit, but why buy a good winger and play him as a striker.

Re: Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:44 pm
by Chilli D
I remember seeing the T-shirt with a picture of a cows arse and a banjo with the words 'For the attention of Billy Paynter' Brilliant.

Re: Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:04 pm
by faaip
Billy Paynter was a big mistake..

Re: Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:08 pm
by leedsalex
Brolin, Lee Sharpe, Seth Johnson

Re: Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:14 pm
by Ellandback1
YorkshireSquare wrote: Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:25 am God, forgot about him.

Have just remembered John Oster though...
Arrested following an incident outside a Durham nightclub, released after exposing himself at the clubs Christmas party.
Wasn't that Darren O'Dea

Re: Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:47 pm
by Irish Ian
Alex ( Sabella)

After the Argentinian WC and the transfers of Ardikes and Villa to Spurs it became vogue to have an Argie in your team.

We overpaid the Blunts for this tube, I was so excited to have him at the club...

Wack wack oops. One season and he was gone..

Re: Biggest Flops

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:23 pm
by joelufc20
Probably Brolin for me. I honestly thought we would win the league with him behind Yeboah. Problem at first was Wilko used him on the right due to injuries and he didn't like it. Then came the attitude and injuries. What a tosspot. It could have been so different.

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