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Leeds United's top 30 players of all time - Number 19

At 19 in the countdown is another member of the famous midfield that inspired Leeds to the First Division title in 1992.

Gary Speed began a playing career that would span over two decades at Leeds United, and while he would go on to play at the highest level for Everton, Newcastle and Bolton before finishing his career at Sheffield United, it is perhaps at Elland Road that 'Speedo' left the biggest impression. 

Having been handed his debut by Howard Wilkinson during the 1988-89 season - when United were in the Second Divsion - he would establish himself during the following term as one of the most versatile players in the squad due to his reliability and incredible work-rate as the Whites were promoted to the top flight.

Despite the step up in competition, Leeds, and Speed personally, proved that they were more than capable of challenging near the right end of the table. They followed up a fourth-place finish in their first season back by winning the First Division title in 1992.

The midfield that Wilkinson put together - Speed, David Batty, Gary McAllister and Gordon Strachan - were a huge part in the team's success.

While the Welshman was often used on the left of the four, he was more than capable of contributing goals. He would score seven league goals in each of the club's first three seasons back in the top flight, before achieving a tally of ten goals during the 1993-94 campaign, which would prove to be his best return throughout his career.

Despite fifth place finishes in the league in two of the years following the title win, and a League Cup final appearance, he decided to join boyhood club Everton in 1996 which meant that McAllister's departure later in the same month meant that all of the title-winning midfield had moved on.

Internationally, Speed is the second-highest appearance maker in Wales' history, and had accumulated the greatest number of caps for an outfield player.

And it was with his country that he was beginning to forge a very promising managerial career before his tragic, untimely death in 2011. 

His ability to play anywhere as if it was his favoured position, and maintain such a high standard over such a long period of time makes him one of the greatest professionals of the modern game, and one of the greatest players Leeds ever had. 

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

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