Peter Crouch has claimed that Leeds United will be the Premier League side most affected by not having fans in the stands this season.
The former England international, who played at Elland Road on numerous occasions during his own career, suggested that the Whites faithful stir up a “horrible” atmosphere for visiting teams.
And Crouch is certain that supporters would make a a major impact for Marcelo Bielsa’s men over the course of their first season back in the big time.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, when during a supporter Q&A which club will miss having their fans inside the ground most, he responded: “Leeds. Definitely Leeds.
“I played at Elland Road a few times and, I mean this in the most respectful sense, it was horrible. The fans make it an ordeal for visiting supporters and I can remember the buzz there for Marcelo Bielsa’s first match against Stoke two years ago.
“In the Premier League, the intensity would have been even greater and would have given them such a lift.
“It’s hard to put a points tally on what their supporters would be worth but I can assure you a full Elland Road would make a positive difference.”
Who better to comment on the hostile atmosphere inside Elland Road than a former player who has had to face up to it several times during his own career?
The stands are rocking at the best of times, but we can only imagine the noise inside the ground for a properly meaty Premier League showdown.
We’ve had to wait so, so long to get back to the big time, and it’s such a cruel blow that we can’t be on hand to witness the drama first hand, and to spur on the lads.
Make no mistake though, when fans are allowed back inside stadiums, you can bet that the Elland Road faithful are going to more than make up for their prolonged period of absence.
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