Izzy Brown has wished Leeds United an apologetic goodbye after his strange year’s loan spell at Elland Road ended in their miserable play-off defeat to Derby.
Chelsea midfielder Brown joined the Yorkshire outfit on a season-loan last August but made just two substitute appearances as he first struggled with injury and then to gain a sustained run of action in Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Brown made his second and final appearance for Leeds as a late throw of the dice during Wednesday’s agonising 4-2 defeat to the Rams, which sent Frank Lampard’s side into the play-off final against Aston Villa on Bank Holiday Monday. Poor Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa has already been trolled for that failure by former France coach Raymond Domenech.
While the capture of Brown will be seen as a failed gamble by Leeds, the player himself described his year at Elland Road as a “pleasure” but had words of comfort for supporters for the manner in which their season ended – and for jhis lack of game-time in a United shirt.
Writing on Twitter, Brown said: “I don’t know what to say, words can’t describe what we feel right now.
“I just want to say thank you for the love and support this season even though it didn’t end the way we all wanted it to. It’s been a pleasure to be able to play for this amazing club.
“I’m sorry that I haven’t played as much (as) I hoped this season but that’s football. I’ve learned so much and it’s been a pleasure to have been on this journey with the boys.
“Thank you for sticking with me through the difficult times. It’s really appreciated.”
Brown’s stats during his year at Leeds make for bizarre reading: Minutes on the field: 11; touches of the ball: 5; yellow cards: 1.
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