Leeds United have had their fair share of brilliant goalkeepers at Elland Road over the years, haven’t they?
The likes of Nigel Martyn, Paul Robertson and John Luckic all provided the club with incredible moments of magic between the sticks and set a benchmark that very few have managed to reach since.
After witnessing the success of this trio, Scott Carson would have been aiming to follow in their footsteps when he graduated from the club’s Thorp Arch academy in 2003.
However, despite impressing on a number of occasions for Leeds in the Premier League, the club’s decision to sign Neil Sullivan ahead of the 2004/05 season ultimately resulted in the keeper becoming an understudy.
Having failed to make a single appearance for the Whites during the first-half of the campaign, Carson decided to move to Liverpool in the January transfer window where he competed with Jerzy Dudek for a first-team place.
Although he would have to wait until March to make his debut for the Reds, the now 33-year-old would play a significant role in the club’s Champions League success. With Dudek unavailable for Liverpool’s quarter-final clash with Juventus, Carson produced a promising performance at Anfield which helped his side secure a crucial 2-1 victory over their Italian opponents.
If the Merseyside-based outfit had lost this particular fixture, it could be argued that they would not have been able to go on to lift their fifth European Trophy.
Following a string of loan moves to Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton Athletic and Aston Villa, Carson left the Reds in 2008 to join West Bromwich Albion where he enjoyed three highly successful seasons at the Hawthorns.
After spells at Bursaspor and Wigan Athletic, the former England international decided to make the switch to Derby County in the summer of 2015 and has since made 171 appearances for the club in all competitions.
Although Frank Lampard has called upon the services of Kelle Roos in recent weeks, there is a chance that Carson could return for the Rams in their play-off semi-final first-leg showdown with Leeds on Saturday.
If this is indeed the case, the keeper could help to put the final nail in the coffin for his former side’s dreams of securing promotion to the Premier League following the Whites’ failure to secure a top-two finish in the Championship earlier this month.
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