Leeds United's top 30 players of all time - Number 27

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At 27 in the countdown of Leeds' greatest players is a striker who finished as the club's top goalscorer for three consecutive seasons.

Lee Chapman may not be as well remembered by the general football population as Tony Yeboah is, but there is little question that he was a huge part of the side that would win the First Division title in 1992.

The forward joined United in January 1990 when Howard Wilkinson's men were in the second tier, but was able to help the club secure their promotion back to the top flight after eight years away, scoring 12 goals in 21 league games.

In his first full season with the team, he was able to establish himself as the club's main goalscoring threat as he bagged 31 goals in all competitions, with his 21 strikes in the league making him the division's second highest goalscorer and helping the newly-promoted Whites finished fourth. 

It was during the next campaign that Chapman - along with so many of his teammates - cemented his legacy as one of the side's greatest players as his 16 goals helped Wilkinson's men win the final league title before the top flight was rebranded in 1992. 

And while the dawning of the Premier League era saw Leeds flirt more with relegation than with a title fight - as they finished just two points above the bottom three - Chapman was able to maintain his form from the previous campaign, scoring 13 times in the league. 

And with just two of those 13 goals coming in games that United would go on to lose, it's fair to say that his performances were instrumental in keeping the club up. 

Despite being top goalscorer for three campaigns in a row, Chapman left in 1993, having scored 80 goals in 172 games, but did return to Elland Road for a two-game loan spell in 1996. 

Having helped the side return to the top table of English football, and then finishing all of his three full seasons as the team's top goalscorer - which helped them win the league title in 1992, and stay up the year after - there can be no doubt just how important Chapman was to Leeds' success during that time.  

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