25 goals from Chris Wood and nine from a pair of centre-backs in Kyle Bartley (six) and Pontus Jansson (three) tells one part of a story at Leeds United this season.

Aside from the advanced roles of Souleymane Doukara (six goals), Pablo Hernández (six) and Kemar Roofe (three), Leeds’ midfield was so goal shy they were like the ELF version of Casper the Ghost – but too friendly.

What was lacking at Elland Road was a midfielder with drive, vision, an eye for goal and the ability to set players free and get them into scoring positions. Somebody like Leeds old boy Johnny Howson for instance.

Howson left Elland road and his boyhood club Leeds United near the end of the winter 2012 transfer window, signing for Norwich on a neat £1 million fee. Since that capture by the Canaries, Howson has made 187 appearances for the Norfolk club, scoring 23 times and providing 19 assists.

What might give Leeds fans some hope that Howson might return home to roost is given by reporter Phil Hay on his personal Twitter feed. In replying to a question posed by a Leeds United fan, Hay tweeted the following reply:

Howson is well know by Leeds United fans, many still holding the Morley-born youngster both in their affections and high regard. Whilst at Elland Road, coming through the youth system as he did, Howson made 219 appearances for the Whites, scoring 27 times and setting up another 22 goals.

Leeds fans respond to Howson ‘available’ news

The first Leeds fan to reply is met by a quick Phil Hay retort.

Dreams are sparkling in the eyes of some Leeds United fans.

Very affirmative answer here.

Sign him up? No brainer.

Bringing in old boy Howson would definitely make this Leeds United fan happy.

Just what the doctor ordered for this Leeds fan.

Johnny Howson – player profile page on transfermarkt


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