The misunderstood

Bradley Johnson was taunted and booed by Leeds United fans when substituted ten minutes into the second half of Leeds’ clash against Crystal Palace this weekend, and has reacted with a desperate plea for understanding from the Elland Road faithful.

Johnson tells the Telegraph & Argus that he wants to sign a new contract with Leeds United and that he loves both the club, and it’s fans.

“It’s hard to take. I love the club, I love the fans and I want to be here. There’s been a breakdown in communications with my contract and I want to get it sorted.”

The midfielder talks fondly of his time at Elland Road, saying he joined to help the club achieve promotion from League One and that he now wants to help the club make a long awaited Premier League return.

Johnson says he understands the Leeds United fans booing him, but feels he has been unfairly vilified because the supporters don’t have a clear understanding of what has gone on behind closed doors.

Personally, I felt the booing was partly down to an absolutely dreadful performance from the midfielder (and not helped by the chairman’s idiotic programme notes). In these situations, it can appear as though the player’s head is elsewhere but Johnson dismisses that suggestion, saying he will always give 100% whilst wearing a Leeds shirt before going on to talk about his team mates desire for him to stay;

“I love the club, I love the fans and I love the boys. I go in every day training with them with a smile on my face. They are a great bunch of lads and I want to be here with them.

“They all want me to sign. Every day they are asking me what’s happening but its down to my agent and the club and hopefully it can be sorted. I will wait as long as it takes but I don’t like being booed.”

Elsewhere, Simon Grayson has called for Luciano Becchio to repay Leeds United for the faith they’ve shown in him by signing on the dotted line;

“Contract talks with Luciano are on-going but he has said he wants to stay. We plucked him from the third division of the Spanish League and helped to make him a better player, so you hope for some loyalty from players in return.”

Despite reassuring words from the striker a few weeks back, the Argentinian’s contract talks are still on-going, with speculation of an exit and interest from other clubs growing daily.