Ugo Ehiogu admits being surprised at size of Leeds United when he joined in 2006

Elland Road

The former England defender has been discussing his time at Leeds this week.

Leeds United are the go-to team when pundits or fans want to point out how hard it can be to win promotion back to the Premier League after dropping down to the Football League.

Leeds have now been out of the top-flight since 2003-04 and have been down to the third-tier in that time. Unpopular owners and struggling finances have not helped the club in their pursuit of top-flight football.

But they remain a massive club who can attract some of the best players at this level.

One man who admits being surprised by the size of the club when he arrived at Elland Road is Tottenham Hotspur under-21 boss and former England international defender Ugo Ehiogu.

He joined Leeds on a short-term loan from Middlesbrough in November 2006 and was with the club for three months – scoring against Barnsley during his stint.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds this week Ehigou had this to say about his time at Leeds:

“I remember the size of the club surprised me. It was bigger than I thought it was going to be.

“I was only there on loan, I was coming back from an injury, so really short memories.

“A massive club, close to where I lived and I enjoyed playing with some good players.”

Leeds do remain a massive football club. The history and sheer size of the club still make Leeds an attractive proposition for any footballer – although off the field antics do continue to prove an off-putting factor.

Hopefully Leeds can use their size to bring in some new players this summer and really push toward the Premier League once again.

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