Let’s make no bones about it, when Swansea City visit Elland Road to play Leeds United in little under two weeks, it’s going to be a vitriolic atmosphere.
Forget all those twee phrases such as ‘intimidating atmosphere’ or ‘a bit tasty’, the Swans visit should coincide with an atmosphere from the terraces that is reminiscent of a medieval bear-pit.
Right, it would have been reaching ear-plug levels with the South Wales side one of the ‘Judas XI’ Championship sides who signed the letter to the EFL asking for full disclosure on the Spygate saga involving the Whites.
However, that has been more than cast on the back-burner with Swansea’s behaviour over the Deadline Day debacle involving the transfer of Daniel James between the two clubs. The word ‘debacle’ was truly invented for this incident.
Swansea winger James had been in Leeds since Wednesday night, had passed a medical and had been at Elland Road awaiting an unveiling.
However, it wasn’t to be. Despite Leeds agreeing a £1.5m loan fee with the Swans, despite agreeing a further £7m payment obligation on promotion, and despite further installments taking the deal to £10m, Swansea pulled the plug.
There were rumours of Swansea even refusing to answer increasingly more urgent calls as the minutes ticked by. That silence manifested itself into a no-deal scenario. The deadline passed, Phil Hay relayed the news that Leeds fans were dreading, yet in a perverse way kind of expecting.
James wasn’t coming, Swansea were keeping him. Marcelo Bielsa’s primary target wouldn’t be arriving at Elland Road this window; the Whites would have to slog on without him.
That brings us to the upcoming fixture between the Swans and Leeds United. It’s going to be a game that is definitely over the edge in terms of the noise that will pour from the terraces and flood the pitch.
Swansea are struggling at the moment, relegated from the Premier League last season and are sitting in 13th place in the table on 41 points, six shy of the play-offs and 16 points shy of Leeds at the top.
Forget delivering roses for the Swans just before Valentine’s Day. Leeds United should just deliver them the thorns.