Leeds United chairman Andrew Umbers on what the club's opposition should be afraid of

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Leeds United chairman Andrew Umbers says the commitment of the club's players is a real plus.

Leeds United chairman Andrew Umbers told BBC West Yorkshire Sport that the club’s opposition should be afraid of the passion and commitment in Neil Redfearn’s squad.

Leeds have a number of home grown talented young players in their first team, which Umbers feels is a definite advantage.

“What I do know is that the players are ready to play for Leeds United,” he said.

“All of our players – chose to stay (In the January transfer window – any fan should like that as well as any opposition player should be slightly afraid of that.”

Leeds are a huge club outside the Premier League with a big support base and the fans have always been close to the players.

The adversity the club has suffered off the pitch has also caused the unity among supporters to grow and that rubs off on the players.

Leeds get big home crowds and are well supported away from Elland Road and that’s a definite advantage for the team.

When the fans are fired up, the players get fired up and that’s generally bad news for any team lining up against Leeds in the Championship or in a cup competition.

Neil Redfearn’s job is curbing that passion and channelling it into something productive, rather than letting it get the better of his players resulting in mistakes or a silly challenge, which leaves the team numerically disadvantaged.

Long may that commitment from players and fans continue.

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