Harry Kewell shares feelings on 'sleeping giant' Leeds, discusses Premier League return

Harry Kewell

Ex-Leeds star Harry Kewell has spoken about his former club.

Former Leeds United star Harry Kewell has told The Times that he still has a lot of time for the club, despite the acrimonious circumstances surrounding his departure.

Kewell, now working as a coach with Watford, who beat Leeds 1-0 in the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon, made his name during a superb spell at Elland Road.

The former winger signed for Leeds as a teenager having impressed with Australian side Marconi Stallions - and whilst he had potential at a young age, few could have expected him to take the Premier League by storm as he did.

In almost 250 appearances for Leeds, Kewell racked up 63 goals and 57 assists, becoming an Elland Road hero during the club's great days at the top of the Premier League and enjoying European runs.

2003 saw Kewell leave for Liverpool, a year before Leeds' relegation to the Championship - prompting calls that Kewell went to Anfield for the money - but it was his move to Galatasaray in 2008 which really offended Leeds supporters.

As reported by BBC, two Leeds fans were sadly killed by Galatasaray supporters before a UEFA Cup clash in 2000 - when Kewell was still a Leeds player, a move which was seen as unforgivable for many supporters.

The relationship between Kewell and Leeds fans soured after that, but the former Australian international has now told The Times that he still thinks Leeds are a 'unique club' and watches them when he can, hoping to see them return to the Premier League sooner rather than later.

"I think it’s a great club, a unique club because they’re different up there," said Kewell. "Yorkshire folk are tough. Moving there made my skin a little bit thicker, understanding the culture, understanding the league. It helped me. I have a lot of time for them. I watch them when I can. Leeds are a sleeping giant and it won’t be long until they get back up there. They’re having some success at the moment. I hope it will see them into the Premier League," he added.

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