Leeds United have been promoted to the Premier League after 16 years away

  • Kobe Tong

Leeds United are back where they belong: the Premier League.

It’s astonishing to think that one of the biggest clubs in English football has been away from the top division for 16 years, but Marcelo Bielsa has helped to elevate Leeds back into the big time.

The result was confirmed after West Bromwich Albion failed to beat Huddersfield Town on Friday night, which was one of two fixtures that could have teed up Leeds’ glory moment.

Huddersfield took the lead after just four minutes to get the drama underway with Chris Willock stabbing into the net after Sam Johnstone failed to hold a free-kick from the left wing.

It was the perfect start for Leeds fans who, barring a West Brom win at the John Smith’s Stadium, would have been celebrating promotion with two games left to play.

Huddersfield vs West Brom

However, things never run smoothly in the world of football and Leeds’ nerves were jangled just before half-time as Slaven Bilić’s side drew level.

Once again, a free-kick was the inciting incident with Jonas Lössl tepidly parrying the delivery into the path of Dara O’Shea, who made no mistake from close range to make it 1-1.

In a world where VAR was active in the Championship, however, the Black Country side may never have levelled the scores with Grady Diangana appearing to be in an offside position.


Dramatic late winner for Huddersfield

But try as they might, West Brom couldn’t find the goal that would put Leeds’ champagne on ice as the game in West Yorkshire eventually swung in the favour of the hosts.

Arsenal loanee Emile Smith Rowe popped up with the winning goal to confine WBA to defeat.

And Leeds fans around the country could finally rejoice as the full-time whistle confirmed West Brom’s failure to take three points from Huddersfield.

GIVEMESPORT’s Kobe Tong says

Let’s get one thing straight: the Premier League is a better place for having Leeds in it.

Aside from being one of the most legendary teams in English football history, they also happened to win the last league title since the First Division became the Premier League as we know it today.

That, and the fact they happen to have some of the best supporters in the country, following their team up and down the country even when they were relegated down to League One. 


Don’t get me wrong, it’s lovely to see teams like Bournemouth and Swansea City call all the way up to the Premier League, but clubs like Leeds feel like institutions in the top division.

If you say that seeing Leeds vs Manchester United and Leeds vs Liverpool twice a season again won’t be special, you’re simply kidding yourself. Bring it on.

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