Former Leeds United hero Eirik Bakke says club have 'best supporters in England'

The Norwegian is still fond of Leeds, nine years after leaving the club.

Times have been tough for Leeds United in recent times. Down in the lower leaguesand battling with off-field issues have become second nature at the club.

One man who was there when things were a little more rosy, and then stuck around whilst it all went to pot, was Norwegian midfielder Eirik Bakke.

He has spoken to the Yorkshire Evening Post this weekend about the demise at Leeds, waxing lyrical about the Leeds faithful:

“I feel sorry for the fans at what has happened at Leeds. They have stuck with the club for the last ten years and for them, I hope they will come back soon in the Premier League as they are probably the best supporters in England.”

Bakke of course was a popular figure at Leeds, but by the end of his Elland Road stay he was soending more time on treatment table than on the football field.

He suffered with a string of injuries and eventually left after seven years in 2006, joining SK Brann in his Norwegian homeland.

Do Leeds fans have reason to be excited?

Leeds currently have an excellent crop of youngsters coming through which has Leeds fans licking their lips about the future. Promotion to the Premier League, as Bakke states, is the ultimate goal and most fans feel these youngsters can take them there.

The only problem is the owner. Leeds have not had any stability since Massimo Cellino arrived and while that has not stopped Watford getting promoted to the top-flight The Hornets have thrown a lot more money at their tilt.

For Leeds the unknown is always around the corner and whilst Bakke may want promotion, Leeds look like outsiders in the hunt for promotion.

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