By Daniel Lewis

15th Sep, 2023 | 1:02pm

Weston McKennie shares 'second best' verdict on Leeds United fans after dismal loan spell

Weston McKennie believes the support Leeds United fans give to their side is better than that of Juventus, despite his short time at the club coinciding with relegation from the Premier League.

The United States international endured a disappointing spell on loan at Elland Road in the second half of last season.

McKennie is now back at Juventus, whom he joined from Schalke in August 2020 – the only other club he has played for at senior level.

McKennie may have regularly come in for criticism, but he was impressed by the noise from the stands during his time in West Yorkshire.

“The fans and atmosphere was great, probably the second best fans in terms of support for the team I’ve had in my career outside of Schalke,” he told Tim Howard on The American Dream podcast [14 September, 29:38].

“But that can go either way when they’re vocal, both for or against, and towards the end it was very much against. But I won’t say that it wasn’t merited.

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“For the level I know I can play and they expect me to play, I can say that. Maybe not as harsh as they [were], but at the same time it’s passion. When you have expectations for someone and it doesn’t pan out, that’s what happens.”

Career back on track

No matter what McKennie says, he will still not be able to win over the Leeds fans who saw him struggle – and fail – to keep the club in the Premier League last season.

Still, it is always nice to know those on the field can feel the support, even if it is not always positive at times.

United fans did their all to spur the players on last season, but it simply was not meant to be.

McKennie played 19 league games in total and directly contributed to just one goal before heading back to the Allianz Stadium.

The 25-year-old is now a regular with Juventus, having played in all three of their Serie A games this season, so he has clearly got things back on track.

Hopefully the same is true for Leeds, and the supporters will no doubt have a big part to play in that.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have a chance to prove Gordon Strachan right after his “embarrassment” claim.