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In an interview with FourFourTwo, Tomas Brolin told how his memories of life in Leeds still made him bitter.

Funnily enough Tubs – the Leeds fans don’t recall the situation with much enthusiasm either!

Brolin arrived at Elland Road in 1995 for £4.5m. In the days before Peter Ridsdale, Russian gangsters and Arab Sheikhs, this was an enormous amount of money for a team to be spending on a player, but Brolin came with an overwhelming amount of hype that couldn’t help you question whether this Leeds United side would be looking down from the top of the Premier League in May – especially with the genius of Tony Yeboah as his partner up front.

But Brolin will be remembered at Elland Road for a disastrous series of injuries, his overweight frame and his distinct lack of goals (which worked out at a mere £1.125m each! Bargain, right?)

On the rare occasion he did make an appearance for Leeds United (roughly once a month on average), the chubby Swede failed to live up to the hype. Not only was he overweight, but he was lacking in effort and entertainment value too (for the Leeds fans at least – our opponents found him highly entertaining!)

Brolin was eventually sold in 1997 for a loss of £2m, and was forever consigned to the ‘what the **** were we thinking?’ pile of ex-players and management. These days, he’s the stuff of Elland Road folklore. The self-deprecating Leeds fans prefer to laugh at the Chubster’s signing, rather than dwell on it bitterly – but make no mistake Tomas. Deep down, we’re just as bitter as you are!

11 Responses

  1. les irwin

    seems he’s lost weight since he came to leeds .thomas brolin asside from selling cantona was leeds uniteds worst decision of the modern era
    add it to
    seth johnsons contract !!
    anything risdale did!!
    selling to ken bates !!
    thats the top 5
    he clearly is a pie muncher

    • Tim Campbell

      Did he not score in one of his first few games for us, and was it a flip over an onrushing keeper? My memories were so sketchy from way back then – mind you I remember Tony Yeboah!

  2. Tim Campbell

    Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and tony yeboah playing together up front at their best – now that would have been a dream strike force

  3. TSS

    @Tim Campbell

    Agreed. It’s a coin-flip between Hasselbaink and Yeboah for my favourite Leeds United striker

  4. kev

    Got to give Brolin some credit,all the pie shops in leeds market made a 200% profit when he was in yorks for that year !!

  5. Richard

    I wouldn’t like to say which was the better striker between Hasselbaink and Yeboah but it’s the net ripping screamers that Yeboah hit that remain in my memory.
    By the way TSS when are you going to sign up to the lets kick pie-ism out of football campaign?. We pie munchers have feelings too you know yet some of the comments on here are blatantly pieist. MOT.

  6. lufcboy

    I remember being at Wembley and the Leeds fans singing “Why is Brolin on the Bench” fat usless bastard thats why. On the waste of money thing £4.5m for Lee Sharpe was money not so well spent either.

  7. Woodsa

    My memory of Brolin is different. I remember him being the only player to make any effort when we got a 5-1 hammering at Hillsborough. I also remember him undoing the scum at ER on his own. I also remember Speed lazing around because he’d won the league and Carlton Palmer pretending to be a footballer and Sharpe saying on joining us that he was now a big fish in a small pool.

  8. leeds through and through

    this may be true he didnt give what he promised too and he was out injured for the majority of his time, but i dont agree that bradley johnson is one of the worst players in the team, yes he is been an absolute idiot with what he is doing with concerns to his contract but he is not by far one of the worst in the team totally disagree with that one TSS

  9. DJ Pekingman

    Fotherby was sent to Italy to buy Faustino Asprilla, a tall lanky black fella, with loads of skill and speed as I remember it. He came back with a short blond blob. Says it all really.


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