LEEDS United’s fans have been positively beaming on social media this week at the club’s ability to take nearly 7,000 fans to Blackburn Rovers.
United look like selling out of their 6,900 ticket allocation, surpassing even the 6,727 supporters that the Whites took to the corresponding fixture last year.
The club’s away attendances peaked at an average of almost 3,500 in 2010-11 when United’s biggest following of the season was a 6,763 travelling contingent to Barnsley.
But both the Oakwell figure and last season’s Ewood Park ensemble will be passed this weekend and there is no hiding the pride felt by the club’s fans.
M J Mowbray (@MowbrayRoute66) Tweeted: “How many teams in England would take 7,000 fans to Blackburn Rovers?! I’m sure they wouldn’t have a similar league position as Leeds #lufc”
Woodward (@Shaun_LUFC) added: “Wish I was one of the 6700 going to Blackburn on Saturday Great effort from the Leeds fans... again ! #Lufc #Mot #WinLoseDrawAlwaysLeeds”
Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) echoed the sentiment, Tweeting: “6,900 tickets sold for Blackburn on Saturday. It’s fair to say Leeds fans are the best in the world #lufc #mot.”
That magical 6,900 figure has been the undoubted Leeds United talk of Twitter this week, but plenty of Whites fans also wanted to voice their opinion on the Liam Cooper versus Jason Pearce versus Giuseppe Bellusci centre-back debate.
One of the trio will miss out on a starting berth at Blackburn with all three available and the almost universal opinion amongst Whites fans is Cooper plus one other.
Lee Thompson (@lufcThommo) Tweeted simply: “Cooper has to be first choice.”
David Watkins (@DaveLUFCWatkins) Tweeted: “We all know Pearce/Cooper is best & most secure combo...but we all know it will be Pearce/Bellusci who play! #lufc”
James McCarthy (@bigmacca199) added: “Cooper and Pearce has to be the way, take his goals out of it and Bellusci is just a liability.”
Jase (@Jase0909) interestingly reasoned: “play Chris Dawson there. We’ve got to get him in the team somehow.”
But Skully @2Skully reasoned: “cooper bellusci. But doubt that will happen. Bellusci more like midfielder anyway.”
Therein lies another debate, with plenty of Whites followers urging the Italian to be given an outing as a defensive midfielder.
Ell (@EllLightowler) Tweeted: “Would go with a Cooper and Bellusci partnership on Saturday. And failing that Bellusci as a defensive midfielder #lufc”
eddieleeds (@eddieleeds1) agreed adding: “Bellusci would make a good defensive midfielder I reckon.”
But whoever is fielded at centre-back - and in defensive midfield for that matter - United’s fans will be heard loud and clear.
Harry Osborn (@Harry19950462) summed things up nicely, Tweeting: “Can’t top taking 7k to Blackburn ... don’t care how much people hate leeds but you can’t help but admire our support.”