By Russell Edge
Former Leeds United and current Middlesbrough star Jonny Howson has revealed that he is still very much a supporter of the Whites but will be putting his allegiances to one side when he returns to Elland Road with Middlesbrough on Sunday.
The central midfielder was a graduate of the youth system at the Yorkshire club and spent 15 years with his boyhood side, going on to make 219 appearances and score 27 goals before departing for Norwich City in January 2012.
After five years and 188 appearances for the Canaries, he departed Carrow Road for Middlesbrough over the summer, linking up with former Leeds boss Garry Monk.
Now, ahead of both his and Monk’s return to Elland Road, Howson has revealed he still looks out for his former side’s results, but will not allow that to affect him if he does appear for Boro on Sunday.
He told the Daily Express: “I grew up supporting the team and have still looked for the results when I moved on.
“But when it comes to game day it’s about putting a professional head on.
“I’ve got a job to do for Middlesbrough football club and I’ll be giving it my all to try and get three points for the team. When it comes to Sunday and that whistle goes I treat it like any other game.”
Howson has been a regular in the squad at his new side, having made 15 appearances across all competitions, but he is yet to find the back of the net.
Leeds come into the clash on a dreadful run of form, having suffered defeats in seven of their last nine league outings, which has seen them plummet from table toppers to currently sitting in 10th, 12 points adrift of first place Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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