By David Woods

22nd Jul, 2020 | 10:31am

Andros Townsend makes claim about Leeds fans after loan flop, Ally McCoist responds

Andros Townsend has said the Leeds United fans are “second to none” but confessed that he might be in for a rough reception next season after his failed loan move to Elland Road. 

Townsend moved to Leeds on loan from Tottenham in January 2012 but only made seven appearances before cutting short his deal just a month later.

Talking on the Breakfast show (talkSPORT, Wednesday, 9am) Townsend said, “My loan spell didn’t go down too well so I’ll wait to see what reaction I get on my first return to Elland Road in the Premier League.

“But honestly, the fan base is second to none. As a fan you want the biggest teams with the biggest fan bases in the Premier League.

“Leeds have been out of the Premier League for 16 years and I’m sure they’ll provide some big moments next season.”

Ally McCoist agreed with Townsend and said that he’d always had a soft spot for Leeds.

“They’ll travel in numbers as well,” McCoist said. “They’re a great acquisition for the Premier League.”

Townsend was at Leeds for such a short amount of time that we doubt fans really still hold a big grudge, and the player has had big problems with gambling addiction.

The year after he left Leeds he was fined £18,000 and banned for breaching betting regulations.

When he left Leeds Goal claimed: “Leeds’ new manager Neil Warnock is disappointed to lose the 20-year-old, but expressed that he sees no need in keeping a football who wants to be playing elsewhere.”

Warnock himself said, “I’ve lost Townsend. His agent told me he didn’t like it here, he wasn’t happy and he hadn’t settled.”

We can have sympathy for Townsend for his issues and he said that his loan moves contributed to his problems.

He’s also tried to make amends with the fans by saying they’re “second to none”.

We just hope that fans can get back into Elland Road as quickly as possible now that Leeds are back in the top-flight.

We’re eagerly awaiting the fixture list to see when marquee fixtures such as Man United and Liverpool will be, with fans hopefully back in some capacity in October.

McCoist is right, too – Leeds will send big numbers to wherever they go in the Premier League. Even Crystal Palace.

In other Leeds United news, Leeds set to confirm another big signing imminently