By Darren Bent

2nd May, 2020 | 10:56am

'I do fear for Leeds' - Exclusive: Darren Bent reacts to big Euro updates

Darren Bent admits that he is starting to fear for Leeds United as leagues across Europe are cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The former Aston Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he is worried officials could follow in the footsteps of the Dutch FA and void the season.

The likes of Scotland, Belgium and France have also ended some or all their leagues early but, unlike the Netherlands, have decided to implement promotion and relegation.

Bent believes that the EFL and FA will find themselves under added pressure from UEFA to make a decision and admits he would be feeling nervous as a Leeds fan.

Bent told Football Insider: “We’re seeing more and more leagues called off – I think it was Belgium first, then Holland, they cancelled their season, and now France.

“I always thought to myself that it would only take one country to do something like that before everyone jumped on the bandwagon. For Leeds, I do fear for them because I do think if it’s cancelled or goes null and void, what happens next?

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“For two years now they should have been promoted but I still think we need to give it more time – if we need to push it back further then do it. The pressure’s going to start coming from UEFA because they’re going to need to be aligned with some of the other countries.

“I’d be a little bit edgy being a Leeds fan or a player.” 

The Whites currently top the Championship table by a single point, with second place West Brom a further six points clear of Fulham in third.

Bielsa’s men had been on a run of six straight wins prior to the shutdown of football in England, their last game a 2-0 win over Huddersfield at the start of March.

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