New Leeds signing takes #10 shirt; good or bad omen for Edgar Cani?

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New Leeds signing Edgar Cani has been handed the #10 shirt at Elland Road.

Leeds United wrapped up the deadline day addition of Albanian international striker Edgar Cani, with the big target man joining on loan until the end of the season.

The 25-year-old has spent the majority of his career in Italy, but now tries his hand at English football after arriving from Catania on Monday.

Cani has immediately been handed the number 10 shirt at Elland Road, but what is the recent history of that particular shirt for Leeds?

Harry Kewell

The Australian wing wizard played 242 games for Leeds, racking up 63 goals and 57 assists during his nine years with the club before moving on to Liverpool in 2004. Kewell's career was marred by injuries after leaving Elland Road, whilst his relationship with the club soured after comments made following his departure, as well as later joining Galatasaray - the club where two Leeds fans were killed before a UEFA Cup tie.

Michael Ricketts

It's easy to forget that Ricketts has one England cap to his name. Very easy. The big striker earned his reputation with Bolton Wanderers, but his time at Leeds is probably even more forgettable than that solitary England cap. Ricketts played just 29 games, scoring only two goals in the process - none of which came in the league. Loan moves to Stoke City, Cardiff City and Burnley followed before Leeds allowed him to join Southend United permanently.

Rob Hulse

In 2005, Hulse joined Leeds on loan from West Bromwich Albion having struggled to make an impact at The Hawthorns. The former Crewe striker became something of an Elland Road hero, scoring six goals in 13 games before completing a permanent move to the Whites. 14 goals in 46 games in his only full season with the club helped Leeds reach the play-off final, but having lost 3-0 to Watford at the Millennium Stadium, Hulse moved on to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United.

Leon Constantine

With 38 goals in 85 games for Port Vale, experienced striker Constantine certainly impressed in League One, which convinced Dennis Wise to bring him to Elland Road in August 2007. However, the nomadic striker played just seven games and scored only twice before a loan move to Oldham and eventual permanent exit to Northampton Town - just a year after his arrival.

Luciano Becchio

Whilst Constantine was a disappointment, the same can't be said for Becchio. The Argentine was an unknown quantity when he arrived from Merida in 2008, but became an Elland Road legend. 86 goals in 221 games for the Whites made Becchio a fan favourite, and current manager Neil Redfearn even tried to bring the 31-year-old back to the club last month, with the Norwich City striker out of favour at Carrow Road.

Noel Hunt

Of all the strikers on this list, Hunt may be the most underwhelming. The experienced Republic of Ireland international had made his name with Reading, and despite scoring just 39 goals in 162 games for the Royals, his ex-Reading boss Brian McDermott brought him to Leeds with him in the summer of 2013. With no goals in 20 games for Leeds, Hunt was frozen out after just one season and was recently released, joining Ipswich Town on a free transfer after a terrible stint in West Yorkshire.

The recent number 10's for Leeds have been a real mixed bag; Kewell, Hulse and Becchio were all fan favourites but have seen their careers marred by injuries, whilst Ricketts, Constantine and Hunt were ill-advised signings that should never have been made.

Leeds fans have to hope that Cani has a positive impact, and wearing the No. 10 shirt is an honour at any club - especially one as big as Leeds.

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