Kenny: Phillips is spot-on - the fans are making life harder for Leeds
Kalvin Phillips is spot-on – the enthusiasm of the Elland Road crowd could actually be a disadvantage to Leeds United.
So says ex-Whites shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 25-year-old’s recent remarks.
As quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post on 28 September, the midfielder revealed one factor that has made things more difficult than last season.
“A lot of our game revolves around communication” and it is “impossible” to hear one another over the roar of the Elland Road faithful, he revealed.
Leeds enjoyed a stellar 2020-21 when the vast majority of matches were played behind closed doors.
But they have failed to light the touchpaper in the current campaign and are winless after six top-flight matches.
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Drawing on his personal experience, Kenny admitted he has some sympathy with Phillips.
“I played training ground matches when there was no one else there and it can be easier,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“It is more difficult to hear at a packed-out stadium but you have got to communicate among each other.
“But at the end of the day, I’m sure he’d rather have a full Elland Road than an empty Elland Road.
“But I completely get what he’s saying because I’ve played there and it can be noisy and difficult to hear.
“A lot of grounds are like that. You’ve just got to find a way to get yourself heard over those passionate supporters.