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Five Brian McDermott old-boys who would have an impact at Leeds United

Players from Reading, Bolton Wanderers, Sheffield Wednesday and Millwall feature.

Despite the recent dark ages do not be fooled; Leeds United are still one of the biggest clubs in the country. While they may not have played top flight football since 2003-04 and are approaching a decade in the doldrums there is hope that their latest managerial appointment may be able to guide them to Premier League redemption next season.

After two successful seasons in a row challenging for and winning promotion with an unfancied Reading side Brian McDermott has earned his opportunity with a team of this calibre; but first he must build his own squad.

There are already unconfirmed reports he has signed a former player in the form of Georgian international Zurab Khizanishvilli; so could he go in for a few more McDermott old boys in pursuit of promotion at Elland Road next season?

Here are five to keep an eye on.

Jem Karacan - Reading

The Turkish youth international was one of the young players that McDermott placed a lot of faith in during his tenure and his excellent displays in midfield saw him earn a new contract until 2015 last September.

However he may struggle to work alongside Michael Brown should the veteran stay at Leeds; after the Neil Warnock favourite broke his ankle in April last year.

Matt Mills - Bolton Wanderers

The former Southampton youngster has turned his career into something resembling journeyman like in recent years. Since scoring in the play-off final for Reading he has played for Leicester City and now Bolton Wanderers.

However he was an Owen Coyle signing and has struggled with injury all season. A fresh start in Yorkshire, where he has previous success with Doncaster Rovers, may be the perfect option.

James Henry - Millwall

This deal might just depend on the outcome of The Lions relegation battle with Millwall; who are currently just two points outside the bottom three with one game remaining. If Millwall do fail to survive then the classy winger, who once pulled the strings for Waingels College in the Berkshire Schools Cup semi-final against Prospect College (trust me I was on the latter team), should want to remain a Championship player.

He was at Reading with McDermott until 2010 and a reunion would give Leeds a deadly crosser of the ball.

Michail Antonio - Sheffield Wednesday

Pacy right-winger Antonio never made the grade in Berkshire under McDermott but has been in great form for Sheffield Wednesday this season.

Currently out with a groin injury he has to watch helplessly as his side fight relegation and if they drop down to League One a short hop across the county might just be the tonic.

Adam Le Fondre - Reading

Here is a signing that would surely excite Leeds fans as ‘Alfie’ has undoubtedly been the Premier League super-sub this season.

Rumour has it him and Nigel Adkins have not exactly bonded so far and after his previously successful two-year stint in Yorkshire with Rotherham a return may just be right for this goal-poacher.

Would you like to see any of these players at Leeds next season?

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