He was only here for two years, but Tony Yeboah is a bonafide Premier League legend, who had an eye for the spectacular.
You can expect his goal for Leeds against Liverpool to be re-watched this weekend given the Reds are at Elland Road on Sunday.
The fact that it has been voted the greatest goal in Leeds’ 100-year history illustrates how spectacular it was and, 26 years later, it’s still regarded as one of the best the Premier League has ever seen.
And there are plenty of things that make it a really special goal.
The fact that it was the winning goal of the game against Liverpool at Anfield.
The fact the ball flies past goalkeeper David James – a goal he says he ‘hates’ – smashes onto the underside of the crossbar, before it bounces down onto the line and back up again, making it look that bit more emphatic.
And the fact, astonishingly, that Yeboah hits it with his weaker foot. Many people can’t kick the ball that hard with their strong foot.
Struggling to describe the goal and do it justice is difficult. Even the man who scored it finds it hard.
“In that moment, everything just happened,” he told the Yorkshire Post.
“You ask me what was going through my head when I hit the ball and I can’t answer. It was just something special, a special moment.”
That wasn’t even the best he scored that season, according to the Premier League, who ranked his strike against Wimbledon – which he smashed in just a month later – as the Goal of the Season.
Yeboah politely disagrees and believes his thunderbolt at Anfield is the better of the two – mainly because he was a Liverpool fan and grew up watching some of the players he was playing against.
“Liverpool was the best goal,” he added.
“Why do I think that? Because it was live on television and everyone was watching.
“It surprised people. Also, I grew up as a Liverpool fan and their team had [Ian] Rush, [John] Barnes, players I admired.
“Wimbledon was all about control and if we’re talking technically, that is probably the best goal. But it’s about feeling and emotion as well, no? So, it’s Liverpool. That was the one.”
He arrived in England having scored 68 goals in 123 games for Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga, which included 18 in 22 the year before his move to Yorkshire.
Howard Wilkinson, who was Leeds manager at the time, paid £3.4 million in January 1995 for the 28-year-old and he hit the ground running at Elland Road, scoring 12 times in 18 games before the end of the 1995/96 season.
“I’d never actually seen him play but I watched him a lot on Eurosport,” Wilkinson said a few months after completing the transfer. “I remember thinking ‘Christ, what a player!’”
He followed that up with 12 goals in 22 games the following season – two of those being his Premier League Goal of the Season nominees against Liverpool and Wimbledon – and he was quickly becoming a hero in parts of Yorkshire.
However, a spell away from the club at the African Cup of Nations with Ghana and a knee injury that ruled him out of the last two months of the 1995-96 season was the beginning of the end of his short but sweet Leeds career.
This might come as a surprise to some, when you consider he finished the campaign as the club’s Player of the Year.
But George Graham’s appointment as Leeds boss in September 1996 combined with injuries and frequent spells on the bench, left the striker frustrated.
It all came to a head when he threw his shirt at Graham after being substituted at White Hart Lane in March 1997 in what proved to be Yeboah’s final game for Leeds.
A move back to Germany with Hamburger SV followed and the 55-year-old now runs a hotel in Ghana.
Without a doubt, his name will be on the lips of Leeds fans across the country as they face Liverpool again this weekend.
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