By Danny Wright
Leicester caretaker manager Michael Appleton has claimed that Leeds United already feel like a Premier League club because of the massive following they have.
Thousands of Whites fans are likely to travel to the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night to face the Foxes in the League Cup with the hope of booking their spot in the quarter finals of the competition for a second year in a row.
Appleton, 41, has taken over temporary charge of Leicester while they search for a permanent successor to Craig Shakespeare, who was sacked last week after a 1-1 draw with West Brom.
He put himself in solid contention to fill the vacancy with an impressive win at Swansea on Saturday and will now be hoping to keep alive the Foxes’ cup run by beating Leeds.
However Appleton has issued quite the glowing review of the Whites ahead of kick-off, claiming that they will be a tough challenge due to the stature and amount of fans that they will take to the East Midlands.
“It almost feels like they’re a Premier League side anyway because of the following that they’ll probably bring,” said Appleton, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Lee Sobot on his personal Twitter account on Monday.
Leicester caretaker boss Michael Appleton on #lufc: "It almost feels like they're a Premier League side anyway because of the following that they'll probably bring"
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) October 23, 2017
Leeds go into Tuesday’s clash with a very poor history against Leicester, however there’s no doubt that Thomas Christiansen and his players will be taking no notice to it ahead of kick-off.
The Yorkshire club have won just two of their last 14 fixtures against the 2015/16 Premier League champions, dating all the way back to 2006.
In other Leeds United news, Christiansen has revealed what made him scared after Saturday’s win against Bristol City.