Patrick Bamford has admitted that he is prepared to play football behind closed doors, with the Leeds United forward also stating that it would be a ‘weird’ feeling winning promotion with no fans inside the stadium.
Leeds currently sit top of the Championship table and in an excellent position to kick on and secure a Premier League return for the first time since 2004.
Yet, the season is on hold as public safety takes priority, with no EFL football played since the first weekend in March.
For Leeds, their promotion push is on hold and no return date has been confirmed, but the likelihood is that when things do kick off again, they will be behind closed doors.
For Bamford, he feels that’s inevitable. Sitting down with LUTV, the 26-year-old said: “I think so. In terms of safety and the general health of the population then I think probably playing behind closed doors is what is going to happen.”
If Leeds do go behind closed doors, they will have nine games to win promotion without the backing of their passionate fanbase, who have flooded to Elland Road week-on-week this season.
Commenting on winning promotion without a brimming Elland Road, Bamford continued: “It’s going to be weird, it’s probably not ideal for fans and it would probably be quite strange to get promoted if we did it in front of an empty stadium so that would be weird.
“But in the long term, we would still be getting promoted and we are also keeping the population safe.”
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It will be weird for everyone involved at Elland Road if Leeds end up winning promotion in-front of an empty stadium.
Their wait for Premier League football has been a gruelling one and the fans will be itching to watch things unfold in the flesh.
Yet, like Bamford, a lot of them will realise the importance of public safety.
If behind closed doors plays out, they will hope the next time they go through the gates of Elland Road, Leeds are a Premier League side.
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