Infographic: Leeds United’s men on borrowed time


ACCORDING to this handy pullout guide in the brand new issue of The Square Ball magazine, Barry Bannan this week became the 54th player to join Leeds United on loan since relegation in 2004.

Actually, he’s the 55th, as shortly after finishing the layout I was reminded that cover star Neil Kilkenny made one start on emergency loan prior to signing from Birmingham City.

That’s 55 loanees in six and a half seasons; an average of 8.46 (last season’s 0.46 being Gary McSheffrey). Some stuck around, most didn’t, and it’s highly likely I’ve left some out so please let me know if I have.

UPDATE: Twitter’s @AndrewHaigh correctly points out a 56th, as Richard Naylor joined Leeds on a one-month deal from Ipswich Town.

And as @stephendeacon says, Tresor Kandol somehow did enough to impress Dennis Wise during a 2 month loan spell from Barnet, taking us up to 57.

By identifying Adam Clayton & Andy O’Brien, Steve MacRae on The Square Ball blog makes me look a rank amateur but brings the total to a whopping 59.

60! Jake Livermoore joins on loan from Spurs.

Celtic’s Darren O’Dea and the returning Andy Keogh become numbers 61 and 62.

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4 Responses to “Infographic: Leeds United’s men on borrowed time”

  1. Christ, that’s depressing.

    I heard about this the other day and was actually quite surprised by the sheer volume of them. I wonder how it compares to other teams?

  2. It’s something acknowledged in the mag: how the emphasis on lending and borrowing means that today’s squads (particularly those in the Football League) are built on the shifting sands of the loan market.

    I too wonder how our policy (under four different managers but only one Technical Director) compares to other clubs, but despite the effects loans have on competition, none of the big stats websites I looked at were 100% reliable.

  3. Stats in this division are awfully inaccurate for even the most basic of things like assists. I took the liberty of checking the FL’s website with Snoddy before a series of games, during which time he got two (well, three but one deflected) assists. The FL website still hadn’t added those on the last time I checked.

  4. Don’t Opta cover the Football League for that sort of thing? If we’re relying on, say, journalists for stats at this level then it’s no wonder they’re screwed.

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