|Full name||Izale Michael McLeod|
|Date of birth||15 October 1984|
|Place of birth||Perry Barr, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|2004||→ Sheffield United (loan)||7||(0)|
|2004–2007||Milton Keynes Dons||117||(54)|
|2008||→ Colchester United (loan)||2||(0)|
|2009||→ Millwall (loan)||7||(2)|
|2010||→ Peterborough United (loan)||4||(0)|
|2013–2014||Milton Keynes Dons||49||(8)|
|2013||→ Northampton Town (loan)||4||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:55, 13 January 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Izale Michael McLeod (born 15 October 1984) is an English professional footballer who plays for Crawley Town. He has played in The Football League for Derby County, Milton Keynes Dons, Charlton Athletic, Barnet and Portsmouth. He also played for England U21.
Born in Birmingham, McLeod began his career at Derby County in 2002. He made his debut on 28 September 2002, at the age of seventeen, just three weeks before his eighteenth birthday, in a 1–0 win over Ipswich Town during which he received a yellow card. Weeks later on 30 October 2002, he scored his first goal in a 2–1 win over Sheffield United and scored against the other Sheffield team, Sheffield Wednesday, the following week in a 3–1 win. After getting his chance in the first team, McLeod signed a two-year deal. However the following season, McLeod suffered a knee cartilage injury in training, and was out for 6 weeks following surgery, losing his first team place as a result. In the transfer window, McLeod was linked with a move to Russian and Ukrainian clubs, like Shinnik Yaroslavl. McLeod was close to joining Shinnik Yaroslavl and Metalurh Donetsk, with the moves reportedly around the £300,000 mark. However, McLeod eventually rejected the moves and stayed at Derby County, to fight for his place in the first team. But he spent time on loan at First Division club Sheffield United, making seven appearances. During his career at Derby, McLeod scored four goals in 41 appearances.
At the beginning of the 2004–05 season he joined newly relegated League One club Milton Keynes Dons for a reported fee of £150,000. In the opening game of the season, he scored in his MK Dons debut in a 1–1 draw against Barnsley. On 25 September 2004, he received a red card for the first time of his career and also scored a brace in a 4–2 win over Hartlepool United. At the end of the season, he had scored 18 goals in a total of 48 appearance in an excellent start at MK Dons. At the start of his second season at MK Dons, he signed a two-year deal.
In early March 2007, the Football League declared him League Two player of the year and he finished that season as League Two's joint top scorer despite missing several games due to injuries and suspensions. McLeod was named in the PFA Team of the Year for League Two for the 2006–07 season. At the end of the season, McLeod was linked with clubs in Championship, having handed in a transfer request.
McLeod joined Charlton for a fee of £1.1 million, which could rise to £1.55 million, on a four-year contract on 9 August 2007. He scored just one goal in 18 appearances for the Addicks before he joined Colchester United on loan on 29 February 2008 for one month. It was later revealed that Charlton had turned down approaches from League One clubs Crewe Alexandra and Huddersfield Town. However, his loan spell was cut short after he suffered a knee injury in the game against Plymouth Argyle on 4 March 2008, ruling him out for the remainder of the 2007–08 season. His time at Charlton had not gone as planned and he couldn't reproduce his form at MK Dons.
McLeod joined Millwall on loan during the January transfer window in 2009 in an attempt to overcome the injury problems which had plagued his Charlton career, scoring two goals in five appearances. However, after falling out with manager Kenny Jackett, McLeod returned to Charlton.
On 9 January 2010, McLeod joined Championship side Peterborough United on loan until the end of the season. McLeod made his Peterbrough debut in a 2–1 loss against Sheffield Wednesday on 23 January 2010. After making three more appearances, he fell out of favour with manager Mark Cooper, due to a discipline issue. Even worse, McLeod suffered a meniscus problem, ruling him out for six to eight weeks. As a result of his injury, he returned to Charlton.
McLeod left Charlton Athletic after his contract was cancelled in July 2010. After unsuccessful trials over the summer of 2010 with Brentford and Southend United, McLeod signed a one-year contract with Barnet on 29 September 2010. His penalty against Port Vale on the final day of the 2010–11 season saved the club from relegation out of the Football League. On 18 May 2011, he signed for another year at Barnet.
McLeod had a great start to the 2011–12 League Two season. He scored both goals as Barnet twice came from behind to draw 2–2 at home with then league leaders Gillingham. He then went on to score a penalty in an away 2–2 at Rotherham United. His good league form continued, as he scored two more goals in Barnet's 4–2 away defeat to Bradford City. He scored another penalty in Barnet's 3–1 win at Colchester United in the Football League Trophy First Round. He was subsequently sent off during the same game for two bookable offences. McLeod returned to the first team after a one match ban and marked his return with a goal in a 3–1 defeat at Crewe Alexandra. He then scored another goal in Barnet's 2–0 home victory over struggling xxxxxxxxx. McLeod netted in six straight league games for Barnet, scoring seven goals in the process. Due to his goalscoring form, McLeod was linked with clubs like Crawley Town in the transfer windows during the season. But McLeod rejected the transfer speculation, insisting he wanted to concentrate on his career at Barnet.
In April, McLeod was named in the PFA Team of the Year for League Two for the 2011–12 season. On 21 May 2012, he was out of contract and was subsequently released. After his release from Barnet, McLeod explained that he left the club for a new challenge with a team that could gain promotion rather than helping to avoid relegation.
In July, McLeod went on trial at League One relegated side Portsmouth, having previously stated he is on the verge of joining a new club but the move was never finalised. After playing in series of friendlies, on 16 August 2012, McLeod agreed to join Portsmouth on a short-term deal. He scored on his league debut in a 1–1 draw against Bournemouth. His second goal came in a 3–0 away win against Crawley Town on 9 September. While at Portsmouth, McLeod's performance was praised by Guy Whittingham, due to his work rate.
McLeod scored 11 goals in 27 games before leaving the club by mutual consent at the end of December 2012. This is explained when caretaker manager Whittingham left him out of the squad, citing tactical reason in a 2–1 loss against Crawley Town, which could have been his last appearance. During Portsmouth's first-half in the league, McLeod was the club's top scorer.
Return to MK Dons
On 3 January 2013 McLeod signed for Milton Keynes Dons on a free transfer on an 18-month contract, having been linked a move back to his former club after his release. Mcleod described his return to MK Dons as a dream come true. He scored his first goal upon his return against Doncaster Rovers in a 3–0 win.
In February 2006, he was selected for the England national under-21 football team squad. He played one game for the under-21s, as a 73rd minute substitute versus Norway's U21 team, on 28 February 2006, at the Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire. England won the game 3–1.
- As of match played 29 December 2012.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other1||Total|
|Sheffield United (loan)||2003–04||7||0||0||0||-||-||7||0|
|Milton Keynes Dons||2004–05||43||16||3||0||2||2||-||48||18|
|Colchester United (loan)||2007–08||2||0||0||0||-||-||2||0|
|Peterborough United (loan)||2009–10||4||0||0||0||-||-||4||0|
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- Source: Milton Keynes Today (English)
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