Whelan delivers 'massive' Leeds verdict after what he's seen in person
Noel Whelan has admitted he is buzzing to see Leeds United fans back for Sunday’s clash against West Brom.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the supporters will make a “massive difference” after a season played behind closed doors at Elland Road.
Whelan was at St Mary’s on Tuesday night as Southampton fans saw Marcelo Bielsa’s side run out 2-0 winners.
Sunday will be the first time Leeds supporters have attended a game since last season’s win over Huddersfield.
Whelan admitted it was great seeing supporters for the Southampton game but insisted the return of the Elland Road faithful would take things to another level.
Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “At Southampton, it was great to see them back. It brings so much more back to the game, to the stadiums.
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“Even though it was only 8,000 spread out everywhere, it looked full. You could hear voices, you could hear changing. It really does make a massive difference to the whole atmosphere and the whole day when you’re watching the game.
“The intensity of the two teams that have got nothing to play was all there. You could see that both teams wanted to go out there and win the game of football.
“It was great to see Southampton fans and the noise there. However, I guarantee you on Sunday at Elland Road, when we have 8,900 fans back in there, that’s going to be one hell of a noise.
“I can guarantee there will be at least another 5000, if not more, outside Elland Road for this game. I’m so excited to see the fans back, have a chat with some of them in and around the stadium, socially distanced of course.
“This will be the first time some of the new players will have experienced Elland Road with fans. That’s going to be great for them to see and hear.”
Leeds are unbeaten in their last seven home games, which includes the visit of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea.
The Whites thrashed West Brom 5-0 at the Hawthorns earlier this season.