Is Edgar Cani Leeds' worst loan signing in the last ten years?

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The Albanian striker will return to parent club Catania after 49 minutes and no goals for Leeds United, but is he the worst Leeds loanee in recent years?

Since relegation from the Premier League in 2004, Leeds United have utilised the services of 88 loan signings. Some have proved successful and turned into permanent signings - Rob Hulse, Jonathan Douglas, Casper Ankergren, Richard Naylor, Max Gradel - while others have worked out well, but the player couldn't be secured long term - Michael Gray, Dougie Freedman, Sam Sodje, Alex McCarthy.

However, the vast majority have left little lasting impression at Elland Road, as a decade of short term-thinking and crisis management has exploited the loan market with only very fleeting success.

Big name players such as Ross Barkley, Andros Townsend and Jake Livermore were never likely to take root at Elland Road, and performed okay while they were there, while a succession of goalkeepers who have barely made an appearance are discounted from this discussion as they were effectively making up the numbers as emergency measures.

Special mentions to Liam Miller, Gary McSheffrey and Lee Trundle, who all arrived with strong reputations but largely failed under the Elland Road spotlight, but here - if you can bear it - are the top ten worst loanees at Elland Road, none of which, for the record, have scored a goal for Leeds United.

Leandre Griffit 2004

A French winger signed on loan from Southampton. Griffit made one sub appearance away at Derby County and in a 13-year career has made just 130 first team appearances at 11 different clubs.

Marlon King 2004

Made four starts and five sub appearances in a loan from Nottingham Forest, but scored no goals. However, King did miss a penalty for Leeds, away at Leicester City, and was played on the wing by manager Kevin Blackwell. To rub salt in the wounds, King became hot property at next club Watford, scoring 48 goals, and played a part in the Hornets beating Blackwell's Leeds 3-0 in the 2006 Play Off Final.

Alan Wright 2006

The diminutive former Blackburn and Aston Villa left-back arrived at Leeds on loan from Sheffield United. He had enjoyed a fine career at every club he had played at but at Leeds he appeared just once, a 4-0 home defeat to Stoke City. 

Jemal Johnson 2007

A lightweight American winger who had made 20 appearances for Wolves when he became one of a string of loan signings as Dennis Wise desperately - and unsuccessfully - fought a battle against relegation to League One. Johnson made three starts and two sub appearances, and to this day, many Leeds fans would struggle to recognise him.

Wayne Andrews 2007

Controversial suspensions to first line strikers Jermaine Beckford and Tresor Kandol once again pushed Wise into the loan market as Leeds found their feet in League One. He came back with Mark De Vries - spared from this list by a winning goal against Yeovil - and Wayne Andrews from Coventry City. Just two appearances were forthcoming for Andrews, who quite possibly never set foot in Elland Road as a Leeds United player, as both were away, at Oldham and in the Johnstone Paints Trophy and Darlington. 

Liam Dickinson 2009

Dickinson had forged a reputation as a lower league goalscorer with 33 goals for Stockport. This earned him a move to Derby County, where he never made a first team appearance. Simon Grayson brought him in from Derby as short-term cover for the injured Beckford, but four starts, four sub appearances and no goals were representative of the level of return Leeds fans were becoming accustomed to from their loan signings. 

Ryan Hall 2012

Hall was a winger known to manager Neil Warnock from their time together at Crystal Palace. Warnock had released Hall but felt there was something to justify a loan - with a view to a permanent - signing from Southend in 2012. In five appearances Hall did nothing to suggest the option to make the move permanent could be justified. Alas, the signing was made, but less than a year later - and following a loan move to Sheffield United and a suspension for a breach of club discipline - Hall's contract was cancelled. 

Habib Habibou 2013

January 2013 and 19-goal Luciano Becchio is swapped for Norwich's Steve Morison and the loan of Habib Habibou from Belgium's SV Zulte Waregem. No goals in one start and three sub appearances in a white shirt for Habibou left the Leeds fans feeling a little short-changed. 

Cameron Stewart 2014

Brian McDermott was the next manager to rely on the loan market for vital squad additions, and having played without wingers for the best part of two seasons, he secured Stewart from Hull City and Jimmy Kebe from Reading on the same day. Both moves turned out to be a disaster as Leeds lurched from one crisis to another, but unfortunately Stewart's loan included a deal to make the move permanent in the summer. Leeds president Massimo Cellino wasn't too keen on that - and no Leeds fan that had seen Stewart play was either, in fairness - so the deal collapsed and Stewart signed for Ipswich, where he is yet to start a game. To compound the misery, for Leeds at least, Stewart lodged a compensation claim for £800,000 of unpaid wages. 

Edgar Cani 2015

We are bang up-to-date with the toils of Edgar Cani, signed from Italian side Catania in January, despite head coach Neil Redfearn requesting Championship experience and being linked with a logical return to Elland Road for Luciano Becchio. Cani, at 25 years old, listed Leeds as the 11th club of his career, and in four sub appearances made no lasting impression. Following a mysterious injury sustained prior to the Charlton game last weekend, Cani has been ruled out of Leeds' last two games, and it is expected that Leeds fans have seen the last of him. 

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