Leeds United have had some transfer shockers throughout their history.
The Jean-Kevin Augustin saga could eventually prove to be one of Leeds’ worst transfers, while we’ve already spoken about why Seth Johnson is amongst Leeds’ worst buys ever, but when you’re talking about the worst sale the club have ever made, there are a fair few candidates.
A lot of these came during the time period that saw United hampered by a number of financial issues, future England international Aaron Lennon was sold for just £1m, Harry Kewell’s questionable transfer to Liverpool saw United sold short on the fee, while getting less than £1m for a prime Lee Bowyer was nothing short of criminal.
However, in the past decade, there is one sale that stands out above the rest, and Wednesday night again proved what an error Leeds made.
Of course, we’re talking about Kasper Schmeichel.
The Dane was once again in fine form for his country against England, keeping the Three Lions at bay with a clean sheet, despite facing a front three with a combined transfermarkt value of £328.5m, but what else do you expect from a Premier League-winning goalkeeper?
Schmeichel will undoubtedly go down as one of the great Premier League goalkeepers of the 2010s, being a key component in Leicester City’s unbelievable title win, while continuing to be a consistent performer as the Foxes cemented themselves as a top-half force in the league.
The 33-year-old’s one season at Leeds is easy to forget, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that he was sold against his will.
Indeed, the goalkeeper spoke of his disappointment when he found out that Leeds had accepted an offer from Leicester, but in hindsight, it was the best move of Schmeichel’s career and one of the worst sales that Leeds ever sanctioned.
United sold him in order to strengthen their goalkeeper position, with their original press release even name-dropping colossal flop Paul Rachubka as a potential replacement, but here we are a decade later and United have only recently stopped faffing around with dodgy goalies such as Felix Weidwald, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Kiko Casilla.
Schmeichel again proved his quality last night by keeping England at bay, but that’s nothing that we haven’t already seen over the past five years of his career.