Alan Smith on playing with Mark Viduka at Leeds United

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Alan Smith and Mark Viduka played together at Leeds United during the club’s glory days of the early naughties.

Alan Smith has been singing the praises of his former Leeds United teammate Mark Viduka to the FourFourTwo magazine.

Viduka is considered as one of the greatest strikers in Leeds history and was on the books of the West Yorkshire outfit from 2000 to 2004.

During his time at Elland Road, the former Australia international, who arrived from Scottish giants Celtic, scored 59 goals in 130 league appearances.

Smith, who was on the books of Leeds from 1996 to 2004, has been reflecting on playing with Viduka.

“They were all great, but I’d say Mark Viduka,” the 34-year-old told the FourFourTwo Magazine when asked about the best striker he has played with.

“Just before he signed, David O’Leary came to me and said: ‘What type of striker do you like to play alongside?' I’d never been with a targetman and wanted to play with one.

“He came from Celtic and we hit it off straightaway. He never looked like he was trying, but he always was. His skill for such as a big man was frightening.”

Interestingly, both Smith and Viduka left Leeds in 2004 following the club’s relegation from the Premier League to the Championship.

While Smith moved to Manchester United, Viduka left for Middlesbrough, but neither was particularly successful on a personal level during the rest of his career.

Leeds are currently plying their trade in the Championship and are pushing for a top-10 finish this season.

The Whites have not featured in the Premier League since 2004 and were even playing in League One at one stage.

Perhaps Leeds will be back in the top flight of English football in the coming years...

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