15 games, 10 shots.. 0 goals: 'Proven' Leeds signing Noel Hunt sums McDermott's spell up

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Leeds United striker Noel Hunt has recently become the butt of the jokes at Elland Road, with quips predicting flight MH370 will be found before he finds the back of the net.

It's no laughing matter for Brian McDermott, although, it has to be said the signing of Noel Hunt does sum his time up in Yorkshire.

In the summer, Leeds United went out for the first-time in quite a few years and actually spent money without much coming in. It saw the £1 million signings of Luke Murphy and Scott Wootton come in, as well as the experienced Noel Hunt and Marius Zaliukas on free transfers.

The summer signing which has frustrated Leeds United fans the most is Noel Hunt. The striker had already spent time under Brian McDermott's management, and by all accounts, he should have been a dead-cert in terms of success at Leeds.

The former Dundee United striker was handed the shirt number vacated by former fan favourite Luciano Becchio, which suggests that during pre-season at least, he was primed for a key role in the Leeds United side.

However, in practice the signing has been a huge, huge flop. The former Republic of Ireland international is yet to find the back of the net, which has left some Leeds United fans actually amused. Although, I doubt McDermott shares their sense of humour.

In the Irish striker's 15 matches, he has recorded:

  • No goals
  • No assists
  • 140 accurate passes. Less than 10 a game.
  • 10 shots
  • 12 successful tackles, but 20 fouls.

A clearly shocking rap sheet for a player that had already made over 100-appearances for the Leeds United boss prior to moving.

A previous 'proven' entity for McDermott has turned into nothing short of a punchline in the space of 12-months. It is perhaps another sign that indicates McDermott's time at Leeds United is unlikely to end on a high.

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