It’s been a long time since Leeds United had a player considered one of the best in the world on their books.
Rio Ferdinand may have been the last truly world-class star to ply his trade at Elland Road, before the Whites sold him for a British record fee to Manchester United back in 2002.
However, if they had played their cards right a couple of years ago, they could have had one of the best strikers in the world at the club right now.
Indeed, Leeds passed up on the opportunity to sign Erling Haaland back in 2018, with Phil Hay saying that they weren’t willing to pay as much as RB Salzburg.
Of course, it was hard to predict that Haaland would go on to become this world superstar, but if Leeds had decided to pull the trigger, they would have had an absolute phenomenon on their hands.
Haaland is genuinely already one of the best strikers in the world at the age of 20, he was the Champions League’s second-highest scorer last season, and his incredible scoring record speaks for itself – 21 goals in 23 games since joining Dortmund.
You only need to watch Haaland to see how good he is, but the nicknames his teammates have given him at Dortmund show just how good he is, they describe him as a “monster”, an “animal”, a “machine” according to The Athletic, and these aren’t just your onlookers from the terraces, these are genuinely some of the world’s top athletes who are in awe of Haaland.
Leeds wouldn’t stump up for him in 2018, and now just two years later the price they could have paid looks like an absolute bargain as he’s now valued at £72m by transfermarkt, and United could have had him for just £7m back in 2018.