Tony Yeboah: I left Leeds United too early!

Leeds United

Tony Yeboah left Leeds United in 1997, after just two years at Elland Road.

Yeboah is one of the true stars of the early Premier League years, having enjoyed a 66-game spell with Leeds United starting in 1995.

The Ghanian legend signed for the Yorkshire club in January 1995, and went on to net 32 league goals for the club. Renowned for his finishing ability, Yeboah became a cult hero for the club after scoring a series of memorable goals - notably against Liverpool and Wimbledon - and he is still revered by the Elland Road crowds.

However, he had to leave the club in 1997 after the appointment of George Graham as manager, when personality clashes saw the now 48-year-old head back to the Bundesliga. He moved to the Whites from Eintracht Frankfurt, and headed back to Germany to sign with Hamburg. Despite his prominence in German football, his reputation in England has never diminished, and the Leeds fans could only wish for someone of Yeboah’s talents in their squad at the current moment in time.

Yeboah left the club prior to their Champions League semi-final loss in 2001, and their eventual relegation to the Championship in 2004, but, if he had had his way, the Ghanian would have stayed at Elland Road for a much longer time period.

Speaking to the Team 33 podcast, Yeboah admitted that he left the Whites too early, and would loved to have stayed beyond his two-year spell.

“That time was with a fantastic team, and we had great fun with a great support always behind us,” the now retired striker said.

“I would have preferred to stay longer, unfortunately it could not happen like that. I was enjoying it, my family were happy there and the Leeds fans were fantastic.

“I’ll never forget these fans.”

A true legend for those at Elland Road, the Leeds faithful will wish they could have Yeboah back in Yorkshire at the peak of his career with the club currently stuttering in the Championship.

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