Leeds United’s promotion charge towards the Premier League was called to an abrupt halt recently, with the off-the-field crisis worsening across the UK.
The Whites are currently sat top of the Championship table after an impressive run of form which saw Marcelo Bielsa’s side win their last five league matches in the second tier.
But the EFL have recently announced that fixtures won’t get back underway until it is deemed safe enough to do so, which is understandable given the current situation.
When Leeds do resume their league campaign, the club’s supporters will be keen to see their side hold their nerve in the race for promotion this season, with just nine league games remaining.
Speaking in a Q&A session for Deliveroo’s new series (quotes sourced from Leeds’ official website), defender Liam Cooper revealed how much of an impact the Elland Road faithful have on their performances this season.
“It’s massive. There’s been difficult times for the club, for whatever reason things weren’t working, and obviously as players, you get the brunt of that on the pitch, and it’s hard to take at the time.
“But you look back now, you see it from a fans point of view, you see people paying their hard earned money to come and watch, and if it’s not right on the pitch, you deserve to have your opinion.”
The Scotsman went on to label the support as ‘unbelievable’ since Marcelo Bielsa took charge of the club, and felt that the atmosphere is intimidating for other teams when they visit Elland Road.
“Since Andrea and Marcelo came in, it’s been unbelievable, it’s been packed out, 35-36,000. It does help, it’s intimidating for other teams, and it really does give us that drive when you here that noise coming from the stand.
“As a fan, you need the team to lift you, and I feel this season we’ve hopefully done that more times than not, and long may it continue.”
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They’ll play a huge part in the Whites’ promotion run-in this season.
Leeds’ support up and down the country is known for being one of the best in England, and that will give a real boost to Cooper and the rest of the current squad.
They’re a brilliant set of fans who are always in fine voice, and they’ll know that they’ll have to be at their best in the final nine league games to help their side get over the line in the race to win promotion into the Premier League.
The Leeds fans deserve promotion after what has been a tricky few years for the club outside of the top-flight.