Thomas Brolin has finally hit back at claims that he is Leeds’ worst player ever, explaining the reason for his infamously poor performances for the club.
Brolin insists it was not because he became a bad player, but because he was being played out-of-position and had no intention on performing properly while this continued.
‘Nobody – nobody – asked me why. How the hell can you go from being a success to being a disaster in one week?
‘And, as I wasn’t picked any more, everyone just assumed I was rubbish,’ Brolin told Swedish magazine Offside.
He described the meeting between Leeds boss Howard Wilkinson and himself, before he signed:
‘He then got out some A4 sheets of paper and started to draw things. I was going to be the spider in the middle of the web, pulling the strings in midfield.
‘I was the one who was going to play the decisive pass to Tony Yeboah. Everything was great, so I signed.’
But due to various injuries, Wilkinson was forced to play the Swede out of position – notably on the right flank.
‘It may not sound that bad, to be a wide midfielder at Leeds, but the defensive responsibilities I had – it was not like when I had Roland Nilsson behind me in the Swedish national team,’ he said.
‘At Leeds I was going to run up and down the right like an idiot. That wasn’t me. So I decided I was going to be p*** poor against Liverpool.’
Leeds lost 5-0 against Liverpool, which marked the beginning of the end of his career at Elland Road, just a few months after arriving.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Ah so that explains that then. Not an excuse that will earn the Swede much in the way of credit from Leeds United fans but at least it’s AN explanation of sorts.
What’s his excuse for the dozen plus nightmares in a Crystal Palace shirt?