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Kewell and Viduka named in Leeds United Top 50

Australian stars Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka have been named in Leeds United Top 50 players as published in The Times. Galatasaray's Kewell came in at number 13, one place ahead of Newcastle United's Viduka at 14.

The duo enjoyed successful stints at Elland Road, (Kewell from 1995 - 2003 and Viduka 2000 - 2004) where they challenged the Big Four of the English Premier League.

Viduka scored 72 times in 166 appearances for Leeds and is remembered fondly at the club despite leaving in less than fashionable circumstances.

"Neutrals may now have him painted as a double barrel-chested Aussie with the mincing gait of a stuffed sloth, but Viduka was, and probably still is, lustrously talented," the paper reported.

"When Leeds had a vast array of striking talent _ (Alan) Smith, (Robbie) Keane, (Harry) Kewell, (Michael) Bridges, (Robbie) Fowler _ he was the best of the lot.

"Given that most of his goals were deft chips or volleys, that is some return. His lofty position here should not be judged by what happened afterwards."

Kewell was also rated highly by The Times.

"He was such a beautifully balanced runner with the ball and the goals he scored were astounding.

"After the depression of the George Graham era, when any old lag could get a game, Kewell was the cure.

"He has since been demonised in Leeds, which is shame because, in terms of natural talent, Kewell was as good as anyone on this list."

Andrew Slevison
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