Five Leeds players who never lived up to the hype at Elland Road

Leeds Utd’s Alex Mowatt looks dejected after missing a chance to score

Leeds United have had a number of players seemingly destined for greatness at Elland Road who ultimately fell short of expectations.

Leeds have had several players down the years who have failed to live up to the expectations set when they arrived on the scene. With that in mind, here is HITC Sport's look at five of those players...

Roque Junior

Roque Junior arrived at Leeds on loan in 2003 having won the World Cup with Brazil just one year earlier. Despite helping his country keep a clean sheet in that final, his seven appearances for the Whites saw them concede 25 goals, including six against Portsmouth. A permanent deal was not pursued.

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Andy Gray

When Andy Gray earned plaudits for his performance in the 1996 League Cup final - he was certainly one of the only Leeds players to receive any praise - it seemed the Whites could have a special player on their hands, especially as he was the son of Frank Gray and nephew of Eddie Gray. Sadly however, his first, and only, league goal for the club came 16 years later as his first spell ended after just 23 league appearances. 

Alex Mowatt

When Alex Mowatt burst onto the scene at Elland Road, it seemed certain that he would be Leeds' talisman for years to come if a Premier League club did not lure him away first. But while the likes of Sam Byram, Charlie Taylor and Lewis Cook kicked on, Mowatt's inability to fit into various managers' systems saw his career stagnate and he moved to Barnsley in January looking to get back to his previous level.

Leeds Utd’s Alex Mowatt looks dejected after missing a chance to scoreAlex Mowatt

Seth Johnson

Seth Johnson appeared to be on his way to becoming a solid Premier League midfielder during his time at Derby, but that still did not really explain why Leeds felt compelled to spend £7 million on him in 2001 (via Telegraph). Injuries plagued his time at Elland Road, and he became the poster boy for the vast amounts of money that the Whites spent poorly on their way to financial implosion.  

Tomas Brolin

Given his performances for Sweden at Euro 92 and the 1994 World Cup, it appeared that Leeds had pulled off a coup by signing Tomas Brolin in 1995. However, the player the Elland Road faithful were treated - if that is the right word - to seemed vastly different to the one who had made a massive impact on the international stage. He would make just a handful of league appearances for Leeds, scoring just four goals and would spend some time out on loan before being released in 1997.

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