Dean Jones names the reason Leeds United fans can now laugh at 'messy situation' involving Nadiem Amiri
Leeds United supporters are now able to have “a little laugh” following the “messy situation” with Nadiem Amiri due to his lack of game time for Bayer Leverkusen, says journalist Dean Jones.
The attacking midfielder was involved in a summer saga with Leeds during the last transfer window, to the point where the club flew him over by private jet and showed him around the training ground.
When the goalposts on the transfer were moved Leeds did not pay for Amiri’s travel home and the plug was pulled.
He has since made just four Bundesliga appearances this season, totalling just seven minutes and Jones thinks Leeds fans will have a wry smile on their faces.
“It was a bit of a messy situation in the end. Amiri was wandering around Leeds city centre, and seemed like he was getting a feel for the place,” Jones, a former Eurosport journalist, told GiveMeSport.
“And then, ultimately, whether he priced himself out of it or didn’t fancy it, we’ve never totally understood why it didn’t go through. But I’m sure a few Leeds fans are having a little laugh to themselves because he’s not getting any games.”
No love lost
It looked a near certainty that Amiri would become a Leeds player during the summer window but he had a late change of heart, with some suggesting that it was due to fears about playing in the second tier of English football.
Well, he could have been playing in a Leeds side flying high in third place under Daniel Farke and battling for immediate promotion back to the Premier League but instead he is getting extremely familiar with the Leverkusen bench.
In truth, Leeds fans are probably giving Amiri very little thought. After all, the team are flying high in the league and earned a dramatic 3-2 comeback win over Norwich City on Saturday (21 October) to really lift the spirits.
The main focus for the club’s loyal fanbase is on backing the team and Farke and doing all they can to do their part in what could still easily be a promotion-winning season. If that happens then Amiri may end up wondering what could have been.
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