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Mark Viduka to Lee Bowyer: Leeds United’s Top Five PL Goalscorers

Leeds United has been an iconic team of the Premier League even after missing 16 years in the top-flight. Elland Road has been one of the stadiums with the best atmosphere and the scenes of Mark Viduka in the all-white jersey of Leeds netting goals for fun is a memory early 2000s fans reminisce consistently.

There have been some top strikers who have had the pleasure of putting on the jersey of the Yorkshire club but none better than the five mentioned in this blog. Here are the top five all-time goalscorers from the Premier League era for the Whites.

 

MARK VIDUKA (59 Goals)

Australian centre-forward Mark Viduka signed for Leeds United in the 2000-01 season. One of the top Leeds managers of the past, David O’Leary signed the Aussie forward from Scottish giants Celtic. Viduka featured 165 times for the Peacocks and scored 71 goals for them across competitions. But it was in the Premier League where he flourished. He was one of the top strong centre-forwards who could outmuscle any defender on his day with a killer instinct in front of goal. He netted 59 goals in the top-flight of English football for Leeds United which to this day, remains the highest tally by any individual in a Leeds jersey.

 

HARRY KEWELL (45 Goals)

Another Australian legend for Leeds United is Harry Kewell. The winger was a product of the Leeds academy and after a couple of seasons with the youth team, he made his senior team debut in 1996 against Middlesbrough. The 1999-2000 season was the standout of his career. He won the PFA Young Player of the Year award and was also named in the PFA Team of the Season. He scored 45 goals in over 180 appearances for Leeds over eight years and is the second-highest goalscorer in the club’s legacy.

 

ROD WALLACE (42 Goals)

English striker Rod Wallace signed for Leeds United in the 1991-92 season back when the top-flight was called as the First Division. A year later he helped the team win the old First Division and the Charity Shield. He was a top out-and-out striker for the club and in the 178 Premier League matches, Wallace scored 42 times for the Whites.

 

ALAN SMITH (38 Goals)

Former English national, Alan Smith was yet another product of the Leeds youth academy. He made his senior team debut at the age of 18 in the 1998-99 season. Smith soon established himself as one of the first names on the team and formed a lethal offensive partnership with Mark Viduka and Michale Bridges. He was influential in Leeds reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League in the 2001 season and in 171 Premier League appearances, he netted 38 times for the club.

 

LEE BOWYER (38 Goals)

The current head coach of Birmingham City, Lee Bowyer was once a wunderkind for Leeds United. He was the record signing for British teenagers back in 1996 when he joined Leeds United. He was one of the key players under manager David O’Leary. He was voted the Leeds Player of the Year by supporters in both the 1998-99 and 2000-01 seasons. Bowyer found the back of the net for Leeds in the Premier League 38 times making him the joint-fifth highest top scorer for Leeds in the Premier League.

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