Leeds United's top 30 players of all time - Number 11

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At 11 in the countdown is a midfielder who was entering the twilight of his career when he moved to Elland Road but still made a massive impression.

With Leeds languishing in the Second Division in 1989, Howard Wilkinson decided to try and tempt Manchester United midfielder Gordon Strachan into deciding to drop down from the top flight to help United get promoted. And while he had made 21 appearances for the Red Devils up until that point that season - so arguably still had a role to play at Old Trafford - he perhaps surprisingly agreed to move to Elland Road.

At 32 years of age by the time he made the switch across the Pennines, few would have expected the Scotland international to spend six years with the Whites, nearly all of which were spent as a first-team regular, and make nearly 200 league appearances before his departure for Coventry City in 1995.

However, Strachan's presence was a key reason why Leeds climbed the domestic mountain, having been somewhere near the bottom when he arrived.

His impact was almost immediate as in his first full season, alongside cult-hero Vinnie Jones, he guided Wilkinson's men to the Second Division title, scoring 16 goals along the way. 

As impressive as the pair were in Leeds' midfield, it was the quartet that Wilkinson assembled for their first season back in the top flight that took the club to the next level. David Batty, Gary Speed, Gary McAllister and Strachan were instrumental in helping United finish fourth in their first year.

They would do even better in the next campaign. Leeds beat Strachan's former side Man United to the title, and it was the midfielder that lifted the trophy. 

Despite being in his mid-thirties by the time the Peacocks clinched their third First Division title, he remained a key member of the side for the next couple of years, making over 30 league appearances in both of the next two seasons. 

However, opportunities were much more limited in his final season, and he was soon moving on to Highfield Road.

Despite his age when he joined Leeds suggesting that he was past his best, Strachan maintained such a high standard that he inspired the club from mid-table in the Second Division to champions of England in just over three years. 

Countdown so far: Number 30, Number 29, Number 28, Number 27, Number 26, Number 25, Number 24, Number 23, Number 22, Number 21, Number 20, Number 19, Number 18, Number 17, Number 16, Number 15, Number 14, Number 13, Number 12

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