Leeds United's top 30 players of all time - Number 10

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The man kicking off the top 10 in the countdown is Leeds United's all-time leading goalscorer.

Peter Lorimer may have been more of a winger or attacking midfielder, but his greatest strength was undoubtedly the amount of power he used to be able to get on his shots. And that power helped the former Scotland international write his name in Leeds United history as he used it to help him become the club's all-time leading goalscorer.

Lorimer became the club's youngest ever player when he made his debut at the age of just 15, and that record continues to stand today. While it would be a few years before he began to feature regularly in Don Revie's side, the willingness to throw him into the team at such a tender age highlighted how highly thought of he was.

Despite still being a youngster by the time he was getting regular opportunities, he took little time to make an impression, finishing the 1965-66 season as the club's top goalscorer - a feat he would repeat on two more occasions later on in his career.

His ability to provide goals despite sitting behind the usual partnership of Mick Jones and Allan Clarke meant that opponents would often have a nightmare trying to prevent United from finding the back of the net, especially as Lorimer's power meant that he was capable of scoring from anywhere. 

The trio were a crucial part of the side that would enjoy so much success during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Under Revie, and with Lorimer as a key member of the squad, the side would win the First Division title and Fairs Cup on two occasions each and the FA Cup and League Cup once. And while that amount of success would surely allow Lorimer to reflect on a hugely impressive career in a positive light, one night in 1975 would have undoubtedly left a sour taste.

Despite Revie leaving the Whites in 1974, the club reached the European Cup final one year later where they would come up against German heavyweights Bayern Munich. 

It was the English side that had the better of the game, and appeared to have taken the lead just after the hour-mark thanks to a Lorimer strike.

However, Bayern legend Franz Beckenbauer instructed the referee - who had given the goal - to consult his linesman - who had also apparently given the goal as he was running back towards the halfway line - and it was eventually decided that Billy Bremner had been in an offside position when the goal had been scored, thus the decision was reversed, and Munich would go on to win 2-0 to bring the curtain down on Leeds' glory years with a massive thud. 

While Lorimer stayed at Elland Road until 1979, he was unable to help the side rediscover what had made them so revered previously.

While his final years with the club were much more disappointing, he created a legacy that seems likely to last for a very long time. His 238 goals makes him Leeds United's all-time leading goalscorer, and given that his nearest rival is 81 strikes behind, it seems that 'Hotshot' as he was known will still be the benchmark for many years to come. 

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, Number 11

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