By Danny Wright
Leeds United fans have given a mixed reaction to Jonny Howson’s performance as he returned to Elland Road with Middlesbrough on Sunday.
Howson, 29, played 90 minutes as Boro fell to a 2-1 in West Yorkshire thanks to goals either side of half-time from Whites attackers Pablo Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski.
The midfielder left Leeds for Norwich in 2012 after rising through the academy ranks at Elland Road.
However after five years at Carrow Road, Howson moved to Leeds’ rivals Middlesbrough in the summer for £6million to join up with Garry Monk, who had not long exited the club.
It wasn’t a happy return for both Howson and Monk though as they fell to a defeat to Thomas Christiansen’s side.
Britt Assombalonga gave them hope of earning a draw by scoring a debatable penalty in the latter phases, but the Whites defended well and got the job done to halt their slump down the Championship table.
Leeds fans weren’t overly impressed with Howson’s display on his return to Elland Road, with many saying that the midfielder was completely anonymous in the away side’s midfield.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Interesting fact that most people won’t know. Jonny Howson was playing today #lufc
— Sean Moody (@Sean_moody) November 19, 2017
I like howson but for 5 million quid. He’s just been bossed by young Kalvin #lufc
— MH (@matth2891) November 19, 2017
Well the referees could not stop us winning this one. Well done (and get stuffed Ayala, Monk and Howson) #LUFC
— Daniel Young (@dawnbreaker_82) November 19, 2017
Johnny howson? The invisible man so glad we didn't sign him #lufc
— Cuddy (@CudwSam) November 19, 2017
Won't lie though, it pains me to see Howson in red. #lufc
— Matthew Bone (@MatthewBone) November 19, 2017
It’s going to sound like I’m wheeling out an old cliche but I actually had forgotten Howson was playing. #lufc
— Tommy (@tommy_lufc) November 19, 2017
Genuinely didn’t notice him until that foul he was booked for.
— Michael (@leeds_talk2) November 19, 2017
I still love you Howson ❤ #lufc
— Osama ???? (@ozzieh10) November 19, 2017
How has it taken me 60 minutes to realise howson is playing for Boro? #lufc
— Anna (@lufcrace) November 19, 2017
Howson has made 16 appearances across all competitions for Middlesbrough this season since arriving in the summer.
He played over 200 times in his spell with Leeds, where he earned himself a spot in the hearts of most fans.
In other Leeds United news, fans have slammed this “idiotic” player after the win against Boro.