Lots of Leeds United fans have been reacting on social media after the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Graham Smyth reflected on a number of players who once trialled for the club.
United had a weekend off thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, which means we will have to wait until, at least, April 3 before being able to see Marcelo Bielsa and his men in action at Elland Road again.
Bielsa has called on 25 players to at least feature for a single minute in the Championship this season, ranging from the most-heavily relied on duo of Ben White and Stuart Dallas to rarely-seen prospects Pascal Struijk and Oliver Casey.
As Smyth points out, plenty of players have come to West Yorkshire before in their search of regular action, but a lot have failed to make the grade, as well.
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Many of those given trials at the club’s facilities failed to even earn a first-team appearance, while the likes of Faouzi Rouissi, Alan Morkore, Kazimierz Wgrzyn and Nuno Santos were all forced to move on to find their homes.
Other notable former trialists that Smyth has mentioned include Dean Milosevic, Goran Sorloth, Alessandro Nista, Shalom Tikva, Eli O’Hana, Jan Dam, Joel Sami, Sebastian Rostoe, Akloul Mouloud, Marcus Haber, Tomas Brusko and Alexandre Mendy.
Here are some of the messages shared after Smyth reminded the fanbase of those less-than-famous names…
Don’t forget Nicky Byrne of Westlife fame – trialled as a keeper!!
— Pat Flavin (@PatFlavin1) March 15, 2020
Can’t say much slipped through the net there!!
— Richard Oddy (@richoddy) March 15, 2020
Shalom Tikva looked older than Wilko.
— Dave McKain (@DaveMcKain) March 15, 2020
Didn’t Kevin Pressman once ? David Livermore was a transfer albeit a strange one , did we once loan a GK from Spurs who never played under SG ?
— Benny Scott (@benscott80) March 15, 2020
Brilliant but missed out so many classics
— Karl (@Karl38839627) March 15, 2020
As a young lad at the local school got a shirt signed when they used to train at Trinity college in Horsforth and had the 2 Israeli lads autographs on it 😂
— Foz (@chrisfozard) March 15, 2020
I certainly remember Nuno. In the days before internet everywhere and mobile phones, he had me emailing his brother every week when he first joined, letting him (& his family) know he was doing ok. I never could figure out why he didn’t just ring, but there must’ve been a reason.
— Jo Bedford 🐾 (@El_Loco_Jo) March 15, 2020
I hate to see what content is going to look like in 3 months time if no football 🤣
— huncho (@DraftHitta) March 15, 2020
In other Leeds United news, the club are on the lookout for the ideal summer signing to strengthen Bielsa in whatever league we are competing in.