Sixteen years. That is how long it has taken Leeds United on their journey from Elland Roads to the English Premier League (EPL) and this Ghanaian Leeds fan is absolutely euphoric about it, and the video below says why.
Video was taken from @SaddickAdams on Twitter.
Ghana’s Anthony (goes by Tony) Yeboah, may have not played for Leeds United for the most part of his illustrious career, or scored the most of his goals for the Elland Road side, but he sure had fun playing for them.
As a matter of fact, off all his European club football exploits, Leeds is where he made the least appearance and scored the least goals, but he sure scored the most stunning of his goals for Leeds.
From his long-range volley against Liverpool in the 1995/1996 season to that chest controlled, knee keepy-uppy followed by a right foot dribbble, and left foot low drive beauty, Tony Yeboah struck a chord with the Leeds fans, and became one himself.
Hence why he could not “hide his happiness” after learning of the team’s promotion to the Premier League last Friday.
“It’s big news for everyone who supports Leeds United. I can’t hide my happiness after reading on the club’s promotion to the English Premier League.
“The journey hasn’t been easy for the club in the last sixteen years…We are grateful to God for gaining a slot in the Premier League next season”, Yeboah said in an interview on Kumasi based Angel FM in Ghana.
Tony Yeboah, who first joined Leeds United from Eintracht Frankfurt on 6-month loan move for a reported fee of 1m euros in January, 1995, scored 12 goals in 18 Premier League appearances in his first season at Elland Road.
The Leeds fans and board could not let him go after and made his transfer from the German club permanent for a fee around 3.25 million euros in July 1995, to September 1997, amassing a Premier League appearance of 29 over two seasons and 12 goals under his name.
Tony Yeboah remembered what Leeds United was like in the Premier League as, “Leeds United is a big club in England with amazing fans that make players feel special at the Elland Road. They [fans] are crazy for the club and I can’t forget the memories.”
The one-time Leeds United Player of the Year, wants to see his former side stay in the English top flight and recognised that to do that, the squad needed strengthening so admonished the club decision makers to sign new players to serve that purpose.
“There should be additions to the current squad to maintain their status in the Premier League. I watched most of their matches in the Championship.
“I know the Leeds United board of directors will add some quality to the team”, the Premier League Goal of the Month and Goal of the Season winner opined.
Tony Yeboah was Ghana’s highest Premier league goal scorer for the better part of the century with 24 goals, till Jordan Ayew recently usurped him,
The two-time Premier League Player of the Month winner has cheered and rooted for Leeds United in the Championship over the years, and it is now time to do that for his former side in the English Premier League.
ANTHONY YEBOAH’S CAREER NUMBERS
CLUB: APPS GOALS ASSISTS
Eintracht Frankfurt 156 89 28
Hamburger SV 121 35 13
FC Saarbrücken 72 31 1
Leeds United 56 29 1
GHANA NATIONAL TEAM 59 26