Luke Varney suggests why Leeds United are not yet back at the top ahead of Ipswich Town clash

Portman Road - Ipswich Town

The former Leeds forward believes Leeds are too 'desperate' to return to the glory days.

In the summer Leeds United moved to chop and change the current squad and one player who left was forward Luke Varney. The versatile attacker was not offered a new deal in the summer. He left on a free, joining Blackburn Rovers, with whom he had just had a successful loan spell.

However he struggled for first-team football with Blackburn and in something of a surprise move the former Leeds player joined promotion hopefuls Ipswich Town on loan earlier this month.

Today The Tractor Boys take on Leeds at Elland Road and Varney is excited about the fixture. He told the official Ipswich Town website of his admiration for the Leeds fans, but also suggested a reason why the club had not yet earned their way back into the Premier League:

“It’s a massive club, Leeds, one of the real sleeping giants of the game.

“They’ve had their time at the top and that’s probably one of the problems, they are desperate to get back there so you don’t get much time to settle in.

“I had some good times at the club and some tough periods as well but I don’t regret my time there one bit. When you have 28,000 passionate fans behind you, it is an amazing place to play football.

“I’m looking forward to going back there and seeing some of the staff that were there when I was there. There are a lot of good people at the club.”

Varney certainly had his ups and downs at Leeds. He scored big goals, like his brace v Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday in 2013, and his goal v Tottenham Hotspur in an FA Cup triumph.

But he only played 11 times in his final stint with the club and was swiftly shipped out of Elland Road.

He will likely receive a mixed reaction at the ground this evening. Leeds fans will simply hope he does not come back to haunt them with a crucial first goal for his new club.

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