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Marco Silvestri on the importance of Leeds United's fans

Leeds United goalkeeper Marco Silvestri has praised the club's support base in a local paper.

Leeds United goalkeeper Marco Silvestri has stressed the importance of the club’s fans to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Silvestri has said the side needs the Leeds support base but says what the team really need more at the moments is points.

“The fans love this team, but we need more points,” he told the YEP.

“You can’t believe the support sometimes. The support here for the second league is incredible and it is very passionate.”

“It is very good - they always support us and are always positive. We need them.”

Leeds are arguably the biggest club outside the Premier League at the moment and enjoy fiercely loyal support wherever the side is playing.

Their popularity doesn’t just stem from their involvement in the early Premier League era, it’s a support base, which has developed over decades, with the team enjoying some historic rivalries through the 60s, 70s and 80s.

It’s also arguable to suggest that the fans have grown stronger through recent difficulties, which have faced the club and have led to Massimo Cellino’s current position as the owner.

Silvestri is perfectly right to stress the need for extra points because Leeds are in a difficult position just above the bottom three in the Championship.

However, even if the side wasn’t able to fend off the threat of relegation back into League One, the impressive and loyal support base would stay exactly the same.

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