When will Leeds United return to the Premier League?

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Leeds United. Never has a teams' fall from grace been so well infamous. In fact 'Doing a Leeds' is now a recognised footballing term.

Leeds is one of the largest cities in the UK and the fact that they don't have a Premier League team is noticeable. In fact it probably cost them lucrative deals from big companies such as the BBC for MediaCityUK.

Leeds also has one of the best (if not THE best) fan bases for a football club in the world, sticking with the club through its ups and downs like none other. So the question has been looming ever since the day they got relegated: when will they return to the top flight?


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The most optimistic among the Leeds fans will say this season. Their logic isn't difficult to understand. Leeds has got a fine crop of home grown players such as Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt, Sam Byram and Kalvin Philips.

The fact that Leeds managed to keep this crop of home grown talent over the summer (especially Sam Byram) compared to previous seasons where they lost their home grown talent to one club in the space of a year with Bradley Johnson, Johnny Howson and Robert Snodgrass all leaving to Norwich.

Can Leeds return to the top-flight this season?

This leaves Leeds with a strong core team that will only improve as they get older. Also in the team with these Academy graduates, there are a few other young players that are already exciting prospects such as Tom Adeyemi, New Zealand captain Chris Wood, Liam Cooper, Luke Murphy and new signing Stuart Dallas.

One of the key components in making this youthful team work is the experience that Sol Bamba, who was on loan last season and made his Leeds deal permanent this summer, provides. The 30-year old can be seen almost controlling the team and often making sure goalkeeper Marco Silvestri, another young and at times visually inexperienced player, fulfils all his duties. 

Optimism was high going into the season but the lack of results was starting to get worrying with four draws in four. The first coming against Burnley where Leeds stacked their claim against the newly relegated Premier League side. Both teams had their chances but the fact that Leeds scored in the 83rd minute but conceded just three minutes later annoyed fans as they should have really seen the game out.

Nevertheless, it wasn't a bad result for them. The 0-0 draw away to Reading was also a decent result but the result that really infuriated the Leeds faithful was the away draw to Bristol City. Goals from both of Leeds' main strikers, Mirco Antenucci and Chris Wood gave them a 2-0 lead only minutes on the clock. Mistakes from Bellusci and Silvestri gifting Bristol City a draw. 

The next game came against strong Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday. Leeds arguably dominated possession but did little with it while Wednesday only managed to muster two shots on target in the first half with the latter coming due to an incredible individual goal. Leeds managed to score in the second half and the game finished in another draw.

The Leeds fans were starting to get frustrated as they should have won two out of the four draws. Finally the first win of the season came in a narrow 2-1 win away at Derby, finally giving Leeds fans light at the end of the tunnel. Only six points away from the top of the table still and only five games in,  and if results continue to go their way, who knows how far Leeds can go.

Now the realists amongst the Leeds fans, (which I find is most) will probably tell you that Leeds will not get promoted this season but a top half of the table finish is easily do able with the current crop of players. In fact, even some experts who know the team well will suggest that the team should be able to finish in the play off's but they will struggle to get promoted. 

At least one thing is for certain at the moment of the back of the current crop of results; Leeds are still unbeaten.

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