Michael Brown has hailed the massive Leeds United fanbase but admitted a “certain character” is required to play for the club and their demanding supporters.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United midfielder is looking forward to his return at a sell-out Elland Road next month.
But he pointed out how the club’s history and size can also have an adverse effect on players who can’t deal with the pressure, with misfiring striker Patrick Bamford among those struggling to deal with it.
Brown, whose three-year Leeds spell ended in, will experience the famous Elland Road cauldron next month, albeit in relatively undemanding circumstances.
“I’m playing in a game for them, Leeds v Bayern Munich, they expect to sell out at the end of March in a charity, centenary game,” he explained to Football Insider.
The charity fundraising match against the German giants on 28 March will provide some light relief for supporters ahead of what promises to be an angst-ridden Championship run-in.
Leeds are second in the division after a run of three consecutive wins but their bid for automatic promotion remains up in the air.
“The fanbase, as we know, it needs a certain character to play for Leeds and when it isn’t going so well, there is pressure,” Brown told Football Insider.
“I think the one thing I’d say with caution is that the supporters are now aware of that
and they’ve got to think: ‘This is where we are, we’re so close, how can we just try and limit that pressure where we can?’
“The players know, and let’s be honest, the pressure’s gone on Patrick Bamford.
“Elland Road, that is the pressure – 36,000 crowd, they’re desperate to get back, the club’s huge.”
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