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Tom Elliott is pushing for play-offs with Millwall four years after Leeds United release

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Tom Elliott is pushing for play-offs with Millwall four years after Leeds United release

The striker was released in January 2011 after failing to establish himself at Leeds United.

Leeds United have seen their play-off push dramatically fall away in the second half of the season. Not even a change of manager has helped them, with Paul Heckingbottom unable to turn around their recent misfortunes. But whilst Leeds have seen their play-off challenge disappear another side have shot up the table and into contention. Millwall have been in fine form in 2018. Neil Harris’ side are now just two points off the top-six and have some of the best form in the league.

For one Millwall player, it will certainly be a sweet feeling. Tom Elliott is a part of the Millwall side that is currently on the promotion charge. Of course, Leeds fans will remember he is a former youth-team product at the club.

KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND – JANUARY 17: Tom Elliott of AFC Wimbledon (C) celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Emirates FA Cup third round replay between AFC Wimbledon and Sutton United at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on January 17, 2017 in Kingston upon Thames, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The 27-year-old is from Leeds and was with the club from 2006 until 2011. He played just four times for Leeds and spent time on loan with Macclesfield Town, Bury and Rotherham United before being released in January 2011.

After that Elliot repaired his career during spells at Hamilton Academical, Stockport County, Cambridge United and AFC Wimbledon – before being signed by Millwall in the summer.

He has since become a key member of the Millwall squad. Whilst not a regular starter, he often comes on from the bench and has scored five goals for the club this season. One of those goals actually came against Leeds. Elliott scored the equalising goal before Millwall secured a stunning 4-3 win at Elland Road back in January.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 30: Tom Huddlestone of Derby County is challenged by Tom Elliott of Millwall during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Derby County at The Den on January 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

For many, the link between Elliott and Leeds would not have been immediate, considering the minimal impact he had at Leeds.

But given the striking woes that Leeds have had this season, the Whites could have done with a player of Elliott’s qualities in their first-team squad this season.

When Leeds released the striker he was not prolific and prone to hamstring injuries, so they are not wrong to have let him go. But it is certainly a shame for Leeds to see one of their own helping Millwall to a play-off push, whilst Leeds flounder with a lack of decent striking options.

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Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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