Fowler, Yeboah, Bridges? Leeds United have had some quality strikers over the years but who was the best?

It has been over a decade since Leeds United last played in the Premier League but during that time they enjoyed some of the best goalscorers the English top flight had to offer. 

It seems a long time ago, given the Whites’ current striker situation which sees fans having to put up with the likes of Chris Wood week after week.

But now we must roll the years back and take a look Leeds’ best strikers since the Premier League began in 1992. 

Here are the top five.

5. Robbie Fowler

Games: 33 

Goals: 14

Fowler joined Leeds from Liverpool for £12m in 2001 and went on to make a strong impact during his first season at the club, scoring 12 goals in 22 league matches. 

Often cited as one of the Premier League’s greatest ever goalscorers while playing for the Reds, Fowler couldn’t quite live up to that hype in Yorkshire as injuries hampered his impact during his second season and he was sold on to Manchester City in 2003.

However, Fowler was still a relative success and his class and reputation alone mean he is a must-have player on this list. 

Alan Smith – Leeds United

4. Alan Smith

Games: 228

Goals: 56

Local boy Alan Smith was a fan favourite before he became public enemy number one following his sale to rivals Manchester United after Leeds’ relegation in 2004. 

Still, the former England international spent six season at Elland Road and was instrumental in the Whites’ Champions League campaign in 2000-01 where they reached the semi-final. 

Although he wasn’t the most prolific, Smith’s workrate and attacking tenacity made him a valuable asset during his time at the Yorkshire club. 

Now at Notts County, Smith has since dropped into a much deeper midfield role though many will still remember his days as a promising young striker in a Leeds shirt. 

3. Tony Yeboah

Games: 66

Goals: 32

Famed for the quantity and quality of his goals in a Leeds shirt, Tony Yeboah is perhaps best known for his stunning strikes against Liverpool and Wimbledon during the 1995-96 season. 

Averaging just under a goal every other game, the Ghanaian frontman is very much a cult hero amongst Leeds supporters and despite injuries preventing him from making any real impact during his third and final season at the club, he will always be remembered as one of their best ever strikers. 

2. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Games: 87

Goals: 42

The only Premier League Golden Boot-winner on this list, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was prolific during his two seasons at Leeds. 

The Dutch striker broke the 20-goal mark in both seasons before earning a £10m move to Atletico Madrid in the summer of 1999 and eventually moving on to Premier League rivals Chelsea where he was even more deadly in front of goal.

Nonetheless his impact at Leeds started off what would prove to be a long and successful run in the Premier League and there is no doubt that he is one of the club’s best ever Premier League strikers. 

1. Mark Viduka

Games: 166

Goals: 72

Mark Viduka is of course, Leeds’ greatest Premier League striker. No player has scored more Premier League goals for United than the big Aussie. 

Viduka led the Leeds attack during their best ever period in the Premier League and reached double figures in all of his four seasons at the club.

Memorable for his four-goal haul against Liverpool and hat-trick against Charlton, Viduka is undoubtedly Leeds’ finest Premier League goalscorer – and Middlesbrough fans are quite fond of him as well.  

While Hasselbaink boasts a slightly better goals-to-game ratio, the Australian frontman’s impact over his four seasons surpasses that of any other Leeds forward in the Premier League and for that, he has to be number one. 

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