Leeds United's top 50 players since 2004: Wood, Jansson and Hernandez all included in top 10

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

Leeds United appear to be in with their best chance of ending their exile from the Premier League this season.

Leeds United are currently putting up the most convincing fight in their battle to end their Premier League exile this season, 13 years after their relegation from the top flight.

While their long wait for top flight football has had plenty of lows, there have been a number of excellent players to have represented the Whites along the way.

With that in mind, here is a look at HITC Sport's top 50 Leeds players since their relegation in 2004...

50. Andy Hughes

Andy Hughes was perhaps not the most scintillating footballer to watch, but his versatility and tireless displays have seen him earn cult-hero status at Elland Road.

49. Frazer Richardson

Frazer Richardson scored the Championship's first ever goal when he scored Leeds' winner against Derby in 2004. He was a reliable right-back and captain for a time, making over 150 league appearances before leaving in 2009.

48. Danny Pugh

Another player known for his versatility, Danny Pugh made over 100 league appearances across two spells at Elland Road.

47. Eunan O'Kane

Eunan O'Kane has arguably struggled to show his best form since moving to Leeds in the summer. He certainly has the quality to move himself up the list considerably.

Leeds' Eunan O'Kane in action with Nottingham Forest's Michael MancienneLeeds' Eunan O'Kane

46. Robbie Blake

Robbie Blake enjoyed some decent patches of form at Leeds, but was part of the team that went from play-off finalists to League One in a year.

45. Shaun Derry

Shaun Derry was excellent in Leeds' midfield during his two and a half seasons with the club.

44. Aidy White

For a long time, Aidy White appeared to be destined for great things with Leeds after emerging from the academy. Unfortunately, his career never quite took off at Elland Road, despite the high points, and he moved on before fulfilling his potential.

43. Hadi Sacko

On his day, Hadi Sacko has been game-changing for Leeds. The loanee's indecision is the only thing preventing him from being much higher on this list. 

42. Stephen Warnock

Stephen Warnock provided Leeds with some Premier League quality during his time with the Whites. He held down the left-back position before Charlie Taylor established himself in the role.

41. Kalvin Phillips

Kalvin Phillips has shown glimpses of real quality since emerging into the Leeds side over the last couple of years.

40. Alfonso Pedraza

Alfonso Pedraza has been an excellent loan signing this season. He is exciting on the ball and certainly not afraid to get stuck in.

39. Kemar Roofe

Kemar Roofe has threatened to be an exceptional player for Leeds, but it has not always clicked for the forward. Pablo Hernandez's presence in the number 10 role has perhaps not helped.

38. Rob Hulse

Rob Hulse's overall strike rate for Leeds is not great, but his initial loan spell was excellent with six goals coming in 13 games.

37. Gary Kelly

If this list looked at overall contributions for the club, Lucas Radebe - who made three league appearances for Leeds following relegation - would feature at the top and Gary Kelly would be much higher. He was undoubtedly excellent in the three seasons he played in the second tier though.

36. Andy Lonergan

Andy Lonergan only spent one season with Leeds, but was arguably the side's best player on a number of occasions. The decision to sell him was perplexing.

35. Richard Naylor

Richard Naylor was Leeds through and through. Though injuries hampered his time with the club, he was still a brilliant captain. His two goals against Yeovil in 2010 proved crucial to their promotion from League One a couple of months later.

34. Mirco Antenucci

Mirco Antenucci was an extremely talented and skilful forward, scoring 19 league goals across his two seasons in Yorkshire.

33. Davide Somma

Leeds United's Davide Somma (C) celebratesDavide Somma

Davide Somma's time with Leeds was plagued by injury, but there was a brief period when his partnership with Luciano Becchio threatened to be something special.

32. Neil Kilkenny

Neil Kilkenny would have surely made a greater impact with the Whites had he not been with the club at a time when the midfield was so strong.

31. Stuart Dallas

Stuart Dallas has arguably been the most reliable winger that Leeds have had for a number of years. His initial form following his move from Brentford banished the painful memories of the previous wide-man who flopped at Elland Road.

30. Tom Lees

Tom Lees was another academy graduate that needed a move away after watching his career stagnate somewhat with the Whites after an extremely bright start. 

29. Eddie Lewis

The American winger was a cult-hero for Leeds and was easily the best thing about the side that went down to League One.

28. Souleymane Doukara

Souleymane Doukara has won most supporters over with his tireless displays, and occasional match-winning performances. 

27. Matt Smith

Leeds' decision to Matt Smith leave in 2014 never seemed to make sense. The forward gave the Whites something different and boasted an impressive strike-rate given how many substitute appearances he made.

26. Adam Clayton

Perhaps inconsistent, but there is no question that Adam Clayton was threatening to be a very important player for Leeds. The fact that he is now playing in the top flight suggests that the Whites were wrong to let him go.

25. Rodolph Austin

Rodolph Austin was a cult-hero from the moment he arrived at Leeds. Captaincy may have hurt his performances, but he was still a leader whether or not he wore the armband.

Rodolph Austin of Leeds United with Jonathan Douglas of BrentfordRodolph Austin

24. David Healy

David Healy was fairly prolific during his time with Leeds, despite often being deployed in something other than a central striker role.

23. Gaetano Berardi

Gaetano Berardi has undoubtedly endeared himself to supporters and is arguably one of the most popular players the team have had since 2004. He inspires the rest of the team with his scarcely-believable blocks and full-blooded tackles.

22. Rob Green

Few would have expected Rob Green's signing in the summer to turn out to be an inspired one, but that is exactly what has happened. He has saved Leeds a number of points this term.

21. Patrick Kisnorbo

It could be argued that until this season, Leeds never really replaced Patrick Kisnorbo in their defence. The Australian was a colossus when fit.

20. Liam Bridcutt

Liam Bridcutt's loan spell last season was hugely important. Since his permanent move, he has established himself as a leader worthy of wearing the armband.

19. Ronaldo Vieira

Ronaldo Vieira is arguably the most talented teenager in the Championship currently, and appears to have an incredibly bright future ahead of him.

Derby's Chris Baird in action with Leeds' Ronaldo VieiraLeeds' Ronaldo Vieira

18. Fabian Delph

Fabian Delph's time as a Leeds star was brief, but it was quickly clear that he was destined for the Premier League when he burst onto the scene.

17. Bradley Johnson

Bradley Johnson was part of the exciting Leeds midfield that got themselves out of League One, and impressed in the Championship. His goal against Arsenal in the FA Cup will live long in the memory.

16. Alex Mowatt

While Alex Mowatt's Leeds career ended disappointingly, there was a time when he was the talisman, capable of moments of sheer brilliance.

15. Luke Ayling

Luke Ayling has arguably been Leeds' best permanent signing from last summer this term, excelling at right-back. He must be a contender for player of the season.

14. Kasper Schmeichel

As bad decisions go, letting Kasper Schmeichel leave for Leicester is up there. The goalkeeper is now a Premier League winner often seen saving penalties in the Champions League.

13. Kyle Bartley

Kyle Bartley is arguably one of the two best centre-backs Leeds have had since relegation. Crucially, the other is also in the current squad.

12. Lewis Cook

Lewis Cook has not quite hit the heights in the Premier League yet, but Leeds fans will know that it is a matter of time before he impresses at the highest level.

11. Sam Byram

Sam Byram was frequently the main reason for optimism in a Leeds side that rarely gave the fans something to be cheerful about.

10. Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor may not have burst onto the scene like Byram or Cook, but his impact for Leeds has arguably been as great, if not greater. The left-back is already an extremely well-rounded player.

9. Ross McCormack

When on form, Ross McCormack was Leeds' talisman, shouldering the majority of the goalscoring burden. Unfortunately, his form could go missing for an entire season.

8. Pablo Hernandez

Pablo Hernandez should be playing in the Premier League. His trickery and quality on the ball make up for the games where he struggles to make an impact.

Pontus Jansson of Leeds United celebrates after the gamePontus Jansson

7. Pontus Jansson

If this list was compiled in a couple of years, Pontus Jansson may be higher up. The defender is a hero seemingly on his way to legendary status already.

6. Jermaine Beckford

Jermaine Beckford was simply lethal during Leeds' days in League One, and no Whites fan will forget his strikes against Manchester United in the FA Cup and Bristol Rovers which secured automatic-promotion back to the Championship.

5. Jonny Howson

The Leeds academy graduate was a key part of the side's midfield during the days of optimism under Simon Grayson. His time as captain threatened to be something special, but like many others, the Whites' lack of ambition seemingly persuaded him to move.

4. Max Gradel

Max Gradel's quality was a key reason Leeds nearly followed up promotion by securing a play-off spot in 2011. He scored 18 times in the league during his final full season.

3. Chris Wood

Chris Wood tops the Championship's goalscoring charts this season, and is arguably the talisman of the current team. Keeping him at Elland Road could be hugely important over the coming years.

2. Robert Snodgrass

Robert Snodgrass was a brilliant provider and scorer of goals during his four years with Leeds. He became the captain of the side and few could have blamed his decision to leave given how he was arguably head and shoulders above the majority of a mediocre team.

1. Luciano Becchio

Luciano Becchio edges ahead of Wood and Snodgrass due to his form over a prolonged period, with 76 goals coming across five seasons at Elland Road. Few players from Leeds' recent history are as loved as the Argentinian.

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