USMNT's Weston McKennie: Leeds loan was lowest career point

USMNT's Weston McKennie: Leeds loan was lowest career point

USMNT's Weston McKennie: Leeds loan was lowest career point

ByESPN

June 20, 2024, 10:49 AM

    United States midfielder Weston McKennie has said that his loan spell at Leeds United in 2023 was the lowest point of his career, adding that he was the subject of racist abuse during his time playing in the Premier League.

    The 25-year-old joined Leeds in January 2023 as the club looked to bolster their squad in an attempt to avoid relegation to the Championship.

    McKennie, who will play for the USMNT on home soil at the Copa América this month, made 20 appearances for Leeds in all competitions but failed to score a single goal as the club had their relegation confirmed on the final day of the season. McKennie has been linked with a move back to the Premier League this summer.

    "My time at Leeds was probably one of my lower points, if not the lowest in my professional career," McKennie said in an interview with The Athletic.

    "I always look at the positive because I was at Juventus, playing week in and week out, and maybe I developed a little bit of comfortability or complacency, knowing I was going to play on the weekend. By going to Leeds and having the performance that I had there and the way that it just turned out in general -- four coaches in five months, just nothing going to plan or how I imagined it.

    "Football is a world where it's sometimes unforgiving. People obviously don't know what football players go through and the stress football players put on themselves to perform, because it's not like we want to perform badly.

    "It's not like we want to lose games. It's just sometimes you have ups and downs, so it hurts.

    "It was probably the first time besides for the World Cup exit [in 2022] where I cried, after the last game of the season at Leeds, when we officially got relegated. I hate to lose and I felt like I really let down the expectations that people had of me going there.

    "When people started attacking me -- me as a person in general, not even with football -- everyone knows that I'm more thick-boned than than some other players, in that my body shape is the way that it is. But when people started out saying, 'You fat b-----d' and 'you pig' and 'you m----y' and stuff like that, people don't really realise the effect that it has on people.

    "I like to be happy and to make people happy, to make people laugh. So that was a little bit hard."

    McKennie has rediscovered his form this season having returned to parent club Juventus, making 34 appearances in Serie A and helping the club win the Coppa Italia.

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