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"Fuming" Ian Harte Rants About "Too Many Foreign Players" At Leeds

"Fuming" Ian Harte Rants About "Too Many Foreign Players" At Leeds
By Arthur James O'Dea

Fourteen years after leaving Leeds United, Ian Harte decided to take in a game at the club's academy last night.

Watching Leeds' Under 23s take on Birmingham, the former Irish full-back was less than impressed with what he witnessed however.

A product of Leeds' academy himself, Harte was famously one of David O'Leary's promising crop of young players in the late 1990s that would go on to reach the heights of a Champions League semi-final, and a few genuine challenges at the Premier League.

However, taking to Twitter to vent his frustration with what he was seeing (or hearing, rather), Harte appeared greatly troubled by the make-up of the side he was watching.

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Suggesting that Leeds United were losing their identity, rife as this squad of players was with Spanish speakers, Harte surmised that "too many foreign players" were in the Under 23s, and as such, something was definitely "lacking" in terms of pride for the jersey.

A surprising outburst from the Drogheda man, one Leeds fan was at pains to point out that Harte may have been imagining things.

In what was a rare and unusual transfer at the time, Harte famously left Leeds in 2004 to join La Liga side Levante.

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Spending three seasons at the Spanish club, this apparent irony was not lost on some taken aback by Harte's disheartening summation of Leeds' young prospects.

Carlos Corberan, a Spaniard currently in charge of the Leeds Under 23s side similarly took exception to Harte's assessment that there was little or no passion being shown for the club.

By and large, Harte's comments were not taken to reflect the general perception amongst Leeds fan for the state of their academy.

What prompted him to say it in the first place remains unclear.

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