and certainly had to bide his time for opportunities during his first few months at the club.

Upon his own admission, the 23-year-old found life in a new country tough due to his lack of game time but has certainly come to the fore since the turn of the New Year.

He has started 11 of Leeds’ last 12 league matches, and has really started to excel in that holding midfield role with Ethan Ampadu having had to cover at centre-back in the absence of Pascal Struijk.

Gruev’s impact in that role has been clear for all to see and it has not been a coincidence that Leeds have conceded just three goals in 2024 with him shielding that back four.

Now, speaking in an interview with Leeds Live, Gruev has opened up on the appreciation he has received from supporters since coming into the team, and believes it is a position that is far more appreciated in England, than in Germany.

Gruev shares big difference between English and German supporters he’s seen at Leeds
He said: “I would say, at the moment, there isn’t a better holding six than Rodri. For me, he’s amazing and when you watch him you would say it’s so easy what he’s doing, but it’s so difficult.

“I know this in this position because when you do a good pass, everybody’s like ‘Okay, yes, good,’ but if you lose the ball there, it’s almost always a big chance for the opponent.

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Gruev shares big difference between English and German supporters he’s seen at Leeds
He said: “I would say, at the moment, there isn’t a better holding six than Rodri. For me, he’s amazing and when you watch him you would say it’s so easy what he’s doing, but it’s so difficult.

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“I appreciate it a lot that people in the UK are appreciating this position because I know, in Germany, it wasn’t like this. Here, it is because the people are watching the game, enjoying the game and it’s lovely to see they appreciate this position.”

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