Danny Mills has suggested that the Leeds United support will play a big role in ensuring that the players perform to their best in their League Cup clash versus Stoke City on Tuesday night.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and England defender says that the high turnout for a midweek game will ensure that the fringe figures brought into the side by Marcelo Bielsa are not complacent in their performances.
Leeds have already confirmed that over 30,000 tickets have been sold for the home clash against the Potters, with the two sides having met just days ago in their Championship clash at the bet365 Stadium.
Mills says that with a number of changes expected to the starting XI from the league match, the fans will play a big part in ensuring standards do not slip from those usually on the substitutes’ bench or out of the matchday squad.
He told Football Insider: “I think it’ll be a similar side to that which played against Salford in the last round. It’s an opportunity to rest a couple and an opportunity to impress. I expect Eddie Nketiah to start, Jack Clarke to start, probably Helder Costa.
“It’s (the attendance) great for those players coming in, it means they can’t take their foot off the gas because the fans won’t allow it.
“They’re not turning up to Elland Road for it to be half empty and they’re like: ‘It’s like a training game this, the crowd aren’t that bothered so we aren’t that bothered.’ There’s no excuses.
Leeds thrashed Stoke 3-0 in their most recent league clash, Stuart Dallas, Ezgjan Alioski and Patrick Bamford all getting on the scoresheet.
They also beat Salford 3-0 in the last round of the cup, Eddie Nketiah netting a goal on his debut to send the Whites to victory.