Leeds United director of football Victor Orta has shared an urgent plea for fans to return to Elland Road this season in the Premier League.

With another lockdown announced in the United Kingdom, a return for fans seems very distant at this moment in time.

Orta claimed that turning up to Elland Road this season and seeing no fans in the stands makes him “feel sick” in his heart.

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Shared by Jamie Gardner on Twitter, Orta was speaking on a webinar for The Business Desk on Thursday when he made the plea.

“We need fans. It’s the core of this sport,” he said.

“Each time I go to watch games with Elland Road empty, I feel sick in my heart.”

We all know Orta’s clear passion and he makes that known in the stands with his loud shouts and celebrations – something Angus Kinnear commented on recently.

With interest in the Spaniard coming from other clubs, Kinnear claimed that no club would want him due to his passion, something we wouldn’t change.

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The 4-1 defeat against Leicester on Monday is the perfect example of when having fans at Elland Road would have benefitted Leeds.

An understrength Whites side were really pushing in the second-half after their early goal, and imagine the roar from the stands pushing them on if fans were present.

After failing to find the second goal, Leeds slipped off and were eventually picked off quite easily on the counter-attack, something which was concerning to watch.

The longer lockdown goes on, the longer fans will not be present this season, and that could definitely take us to the end of the campaign in May.

In other Leeds United news, Marcelo Bielsa confirms Whites team news for Palace clash

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