Salim Lamrani has posted a heartfelt, optimistic message to Leeds United supporters on Twitter ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Brentford – urging Whites fans to remain positive and calm in the club’s pursuit of promotion.
Leeds come into the match after picking up just two wins in 10 games. They suffered a second successive defeat to Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening, and have now thrown away a lead between second and third that was 13 points at one stage.
Lamrani, Bielsa’s translator throughout the 2018-19 campaign, has become renowned on Twitter for his stories about some of Leeds United’s players – nicknaming them, and then relaying a story including said player. Gaetano Berardi is ‘the lion’.
The translator now has quite the following of Leeds fans and although he left in the summer, he is still a supporter of the club. He sent a message to fans ahead of Tuesday night’s clash against Pontus Jansson’s side, urging them to remain positive.
— Salim Lamrani (@SalimLamraniOff) February 10, 2020
The message read: “Dear Leeds United fans, the first time I heard Leeds United’s anthem ‘Marching on Together’, I immediately identified myself with your wonderful club because I believe in the values of unity and solidarity, especially in times of adversity. Stay strong and keep the faith in your team. Support the lads because they need it, and deserve it. I know them and I can tell you they are good men. Let’s close ranks and we will go back soon to the promised land.”
TBR’s view – Is the pressure from fans getting too much?
Certainly, the pressure and expectancy from Leeds fans – given that the Whites have a stronger squad and Marcelo Bielsa is now in his second season in English football – is enormous to finally get such a big club back into the top tier.
Going into Bielsa’s first season, the expectancy was not this great. But by the time promotion became a possibility, the pressure ramped up. Hopes and dreams from fans leads to criticism when it goes wrong, and it is hampering players’ performance.
Lamrani is right. Supporters have got to get behind the Leeds players, especially the likes of Patrick Bamford and Kiko Casilla – if they are to have any chance of going up. Constant criticism, negativity and worry, is only going to hinder Bielsa’s side.