Exclusive: Brown thumbs-up major Leeds development - 'It Will Be Replaced Now...'

Michael Brown says he hopes things will be “much better” for Leeds United now that they have begun to sort out their weather-induced turf troubles.

The former Whites midfielder was reacting exclusively to Football Insider as Leeds announced on Friday that they would be re-laying their pitch.

The Elland Road playing surface was in woeful condition for Leeds’ disappointing 1-0 defeat to Brighton on Saturday, a result which leaves them without a win or goal in their last three matches.

Marcelo Bielsa’s high-octane playing style requires a good surface in order to flourish, so the news will come as sweet relief to fans and players alike.

Brown thinks a new pitch is good news for the Whites, but they have no excuses for the Brighton defeat.

“For me, a pitch is a pitch. It’s the same for both sides,” he told Football Insider.

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“It wasn’t ideal, very wet, very boggy.

“Obviously, they’ll get that replaced now that they’ve got the gap to do it. Once it’s knitted, hopefully it will be a much better surface.

“They were playing Brighton, who like to keep the ball on the deck. Both teams wanted to play football, so it was the same for both sides. The pitch wasn’t the reason that they lost that game.”

Leeds have agreed to buy a £300,000 top-layer of turf from Tottenham, who had been growing they hybrid surface in anticipation of their own pitch being worn out.

But Spurs’ playing facilities are still in good nick, meaning they were able to sell their back-up grass to the team at Elland Road.

In other news, boyhood Leeds United fan and ex-Elland Road forward Noel Whelan says one big-name Whites player needs a rest.