Gary McAllister has told the Daily Star that he believes Leeds United supporters are possibly struggling to come to terms with the meteoric rise of Sheffield United in recent years.
The former central midfielder played 231 times for the Whites during six years at Elland Road.
Leeds have recently got their automatic promotion bid back on track. Since a 2-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest earlier this month, Marcelo Bielsa’s team have won twice and drawn one of their last three games.
McAllister thinks that the rise of Sheffield United who are on the cusp of European football is making Leeds supporters edgy.
He told the Daily Star: “I don’t know if we realise the size of this club outside Yorkshire. Leeds are the only club in town, which is extremely rare in England.
“They have to be first in the area, and they see Sheffield United going fantastically with Chris Wilder…it’s not easy to live through.
“But talk to the fans, they are still fully behind them, they believe in them like me.”
Leeds are second in the table with a five-point cushion to Fulham in third place.
The Whites haven’t tasted Premier League football for 14 years and their fans will be desperately hoping to get back to the big time.
Everything about Leeds is tailor-made for the top-flight; their fan base is massive, the stadium historic and training facilities tremendous.
There might have been some envious glances towards Sheffield United and what they have achieved this season.
Leeds, however, will know that if they can win promotion there really is no end to the potential of the football club.
With a proven world-renowned manager in Bielsa, there is nothing to say the Whites can’t emulate the Blades next season.