Ex-Leeds prospect can emulate Beckford and KO Manchester United

Former Leeds prospect Tom Elliott may give his former fans a reason to smile this weekend.

Leeds United may be out of the FA Cup, but they will have added reason to hope old rivals Manchester United suffer a huge upset this weekend.

One of their former prospects will lead the line for comparable minnows Cambridge United on Friday night, testing himself against former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes who is expected to make his debut.

Tom Elliott is 24-years-old and it is eight years since he made his debut for Leeds. He is still the third youngest player in the club's history, having featured in February 2007, younger than when Lewis Cook made his first appearance for the club.

Only Aaron Lennon and Simon Walton made their first team bows for Leeds at a younger age than Elliott did.

The striker's career at Leeds did not live up to lofty expectation, and he was released by the club four years later having only made four appearances for a combined 104 minutes of football.

During his time at the club he had spent time out on loan at Macclesfield Town, Rotherham United, and Bury where he scored his first ever senior goal.

He had to make the move to Scotland to sign for Hamilton Academical to rejuvenate his career, before moving to Stockport County and playing alongside former Everton youngster Nick Chadwick.

Elliott, who played in the same youth team as Fabian Delph, made the switch to Cambridge United in 2012 and has remained there ever since, scoring 23 goals in 66 appearances.

Having found stability in his career in non-league football, it would be a fantastic story for his career if he could get his name in lights by netting the winner against United, and emulating former teammate Jermaine Beckford by knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup.

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