'It could be a negative' - Scott Parker delivers verdict on Leeds fans ahead of Fulham clash
Scott Parker has been raving about the Leeds United supporters ahead of the clash against Fulham this weekend.
Leeds return to Elland Road for the first time in over three months but will do so without their famous supporters cheering them on for 90 minutes.
A lot has been said about whether or not the empty stadium will affect Leeds and after seeing his Fulham side struggle at an empty Craven Cottage, he thinks the same could happen for the Yorkshire club.
“There’s no hiding that Elland Road, with the Leeds fans and the intensity they build, they have a fantastic support,” Parker told Fulham’s official website. “It’s always a very hostile and difficult place to go. With no fans, that could have a positive effect [for Fulham].
“Saying that, I also believe that there are a lot of players who thrive off that intensity. It could work both ways.
“Leeds players would obviously want their fans behind them, like we wanted our fans behind us at the weekend, but on the flip side of that, the hostility of a stadium sometimes when you’re away from home is something that brings a siege mentality to a team.
“It could be a positive or it could be a negative, we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Parker’s Fulham went down 2-0 to Brentford at Craven Cottage last week so maybe the lack of fans did have an impact in this case.
We have seen in Germany that away teams have had improved results since the matches resumed behind-closed-doors.
Leeds are yet to see what it will be like playing at an empty Elland Road and we hope it does not have too much of a negative impact on the result.
There could be positive sides to it.
As Parker says, the Leeds support is tremendous but there have been occasions when sections of fans have been on the backs of certain players.
Will someone like Patrick Bamford or Helder Costa flourish with no fans?
They didn’t at Cardiff, but maybe things will be different in more familiar surroundings.
In other Leeds United news, Bielsa has responded when asked if Jean-Kevin Augustin will be fit to play this weekend.