Juventus loanee Weston McKennie jumps straight on a train out of Leeds, as his dad takes aim at fans who sang ‘you fat b*****d’ at him – while bizarrely re-posting an ‘RIP Harambe’ video – after he failed to earn a £30m transfer
- McKennie has endured a miserable loan spell at Leeds since arriving in January
- As the club suffered relegation on Sunday, fans turned on the USA midfielder
- His dad John took to social media to remind supporters it is a ‘team sport’
Weston McKennie hopped straight on a train out of Leeds on Sunday night following their relegation from the Premier League as he prepares to head back to Juventus after his miserable loan spell at Elland Road.
McKennie joined Leeds on loan from Juventus at the end of January, heading to the Premier League to play under fellow American Jesse Marsch.
Yet just one week after his arrival, Marsch was dismissed by the Whites amid a run of dismal form, and the USA midfielder failed to find his feet under successors Javi Gracia – who was also sacked last month – and Sam Allardyce.
It proved a nightmare campaign in the end for Leeds, who were relegated to the second tier of English football following a 4-1 home defeat by Tottenham on Sunday.
And as they slipped out of the Premier League, Whites supporters turned on a number of their players at Elland Road – including loanee McKennie.
Weston McKennie was seen taking a train out of Leeds after their Premier League relegation
Leeds were relegated to the second tier of English football after their 4-1 defeat against Spurs
When he was substituted off on the hour mark, the 24-year-old was subjected to savage chants of ‘you fat b*****d’ from the home crowd as they made their displeasure known with his performances since arriving from Juventus.
Late on Sunday night, he was then seen on a train heading out of Leeds as he prepares to return to Italy, after the club decided against activating their £30million option to buy him outright.
According to Twitter user @timmahu, who shared the footage of McKennie making a swift exit, the train was destined for Kings Cross station in London – which is around a 30-minute train journey away from Heathrow airport.
After watching his son draw abuse from Leeds fans on Sunday, McKennie’s dad John took to social media to hit out at the supporters in question, albeit while bizarrely quote tweeting a video dedicated to famous gorilla Harambe on the seventh anniversary of his death.
He wrote: ‘All the best to LUFC! For those who supported Weston in a hostile environment you have my respect! For those who failed to remember it’s a team sport you live to fight another day.’
Fans were quick to point out his mistake, with one replying: ‘Mr. Mckennie I think you quoted the wrong tweet’.
Another asked: ‘What does harambe have to do with this?’
Others offered words of encouragement for the McKennies after the sour end to Weston’s loan stint at Elland Road.
McKennie was subjected to savage chants of ‘you fat b*****d’ when he was substituted
All the best to LUFC! For those who supported Weston in a hostile environment you have my respect! For those who failed to remember it’s a team sport you live to fight another day. https://t.co/1sKM4EWjJD
— john mckennie (@airborne69) May 28, 2023
The USA midfielder’s dad John (left) leapt to his defence on Twitter and reminded fans it is a ‘team sport’
One put: ‘Shame it never worked out! But Mckennie did put in the hard work! Gutted for him as really like the guy’.
Another commented: ‘It wasn’t an optimal environment for him. All the best. Great family!’
While a third said: ‘Gutted. Was so buzzing for us signing Weston legit. Gutted it’s turned out this way. All the best to Weston’.
McKennie returns to Juventus this summer with two years still to run on his contract, though it remains to be seen whether he is sent out on loan once more in the 2023-24 campaign.
Leeds, meanwhile, must begin preparing for life in the Championship after their spell in the top flight came to an end.