It was the moment that most football fans had decided that their sport had officially gone mad; it was the day that Ross McCormack moved from Leeds United to Fulham for an eight-figure fee.
The striker was deadly at Championship level, especially for Leeds, as he notched countless Championship goals at a rate of nearly one every two games.
But his transfer fee was met largely with amusement towards the club who purchased him and congratulations to the club who sold him.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
However, just a few months later, it looks as though, once again, the Yorkshire club have made a decision that may come back to bite them. Rumours are suggesting that McCormack could be in line for a Premier League move, despite indifferent form for the struggling Londoners, and any potential fee could even eclipse the £11 million that the Cottagers shelled out.
If yet another money-spinning move does come to fruition, it would only add insult to the harmful injuries that Whites fans are already nursing. Ironically enough, any hopes of spending remnants of the McCormack sale this winter have been quashed by their recently imposed transfer embargo.
Festive cheer is in short supply at Elland Road this year, and it's easy to see why.
Much like Scrooge on Christmas Eve, the ever-depressed Leeds fans could be haunted by the ghosts - not of what was, but what could have been.
It seems like nothing could have prevented the Massimo Cellino from being removed from the Chairman position by the Football League, but imagine how that blow could have been cushioned by their adored hitman banging in another 30 goals...
They could have been flirting with teams in the glamorous and amorous play-off race, instead they look lovelessly into the eyes of a potential relegation scrap.Oh and, coincidentally, they might not have been in this position if McCormack didn't captain Fulham to a victory at his former home last weekend. Oops.
Money troubles? - It seems as though the club could have got even more than £11 million had they held off Fulham a little longer. They could have afforded Mario Balotelli with that - hmm maybe it's good that they didn't after all.
Of course this isn't the first time that Leeds have made regrettable sales, mad-cap Italian owner or otherwise. Four current England players - James Milner, Fabian Delph, Danny Rose and Aaron Lennon - have already been sold on for much more than Leeds let them go for, or have the potential to in future.
So, what do Leeds fans want this year? - Probably just to have no regrets - fat chance of that happening though.
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