In 2020 the Premier League is one of the most multi-cultural leagues in Europe. But when a young Harry Kewell arrived in the mid-90s, it was altogether different.
The Australian forward was one of the league’s first starts to come from another continent and arguably the finest Aussie to grace English football.
A bona fide Leeds United hero, Kewell was a thrill to watch. Either barreling down the wing or powering into the box, the nippy winger could score and create and did both in abundance.
After seven years in Yorkshire where he was a key part of David O’Leary’s thrilling young side, Kewell moved to Liverpool for a knockdown £5million. But injuries robbed him of the chance to perform to his best.
A move to Galatasaray rekindled Kewell’s best form but it came at a price. A large section of Leeds’ support would never forgive their former hero for joining a club associated with the fatal stabbing of two Whites fans in 2000.
In the latest episode of You, me and… we unpack all this and more with the help of podcaster, writer and Leeds fan Jon MacKenzie.