Over the past 20 years, the Premier League has produced a number of ‘legends’ that weren’t in the category of all-time greats, but did something rather special during their time in the English top flight.
Ghanaian striker Tony Yeboah certainly fits into that category, with a catalogue of spectacular goals at Leeds United during his two-and-a-bit seasons with the Elland Road outfit.
And, to celebrate the £3.4 million signing’s 46th birthday today, GiveMeFootball remembers five of Yeboah’s very best goals whilst playing for the Whites.
Chelsea 0-3 Leeds
Premier League, 1994/95
An excellent team goal, with Yeboah latching on to a flick from Gary McCallister inside the penalty area and blasting home a volley past the helpless Kevin Hitchcock.
The same combination worked again for the Whites in the second-half, when Yeboah grabbed another with a far post tap-in during an emphatic victory at Stamford Bridge.
West Ham United 1-2 Leeds
Premier League, 1995/96
Another game, another double for Yeboah. This one came at the start of the 95/96 campaign in a 2-1 win at Upton Park, with a bullet header the first of the brace.
The second was another sublime strike, again on the volley, as a long pass cleared the defenders and fell on the left foot of the striker. He fired an unstoppable shot from ten-yards out to secure the victory.
AS Monaco 0-3 Leeds
Stade Louis II
UEFA Cup, 1995-96
A European hat-trick to add to his great moments with the Whites, as Yeboah single-handedly ripped the Ligue 1 side apart in their home ground.
Capitalising on some poor goalkeeping to hook in the opener, it was his second that was the pick of the bunch, with Yeboah cutting inside from the edge of the box and bending an unstoppable shot past the despairing dive.
He raced clear to chip the stopper for his third on a night to remember for the Yorkshire club.
Wimbledon 2-4 Leeds
Premier League, 1995-96
Less than a fortnight after his heroics in Europe, Yeboah was at it again, notching another hat-trick for the club – this time in the 4-2 win against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park.
His first goal was simple enough, tapping into an empty net at the far post from a low cross. His second was anything but, bringing an end to a game of head tennis with his chest before charging forward and unleashing an unstoppable half-volley in off the crossbar.
Better than his goal against Liverpool? Probably not, but he added another with a sweetly struck 18-yarder in the second-half to secure victory.
Leeds 1-0 Liverpool
Premier League, 1995/96
Just days after his brace in east London, Yeboah won the battle of the strikers with one of the great goals in Premier League history against Liverpool.
Stan Collymore was the Reds’ great threat, but he hobbled off with an ankle injury before Yeboah produced his moment of magic, rifling home a right-foot volley from 25 yards after Rod Wallace’s clever header.
The goal remains one of the all-time greats.