By The Capital Sports Report Staff
Leeds United will be back in the Premier League again next season after spending 16 seasons in the lower tiers. The team, managed by Marcelo Bielsa, cannot escape promotion from the Championship after West Bromwich Albion lost on Friday at Huddersfield Town, 2-1. As a result, Leeds was able to get back to the highest level of soccer in England for the first-time since 2004.
The first two places in the Championship entitled Leeds United to get direct promotion to the Premier League. On Thursday, July 16th, Leeds United defeated Barnsley 1-0 and had two games left before closing out the season.
Leeds United defeated Derby County in a 3-1 win on Sunday, July 19th. Then, this past Wednesday, on July 22nd, Leeds United defeated Charlton in a 4-0 win.
West Bromwich Albion joined Leeds United with the Premier League promotion following their 2-2 draw with Queens Park Rangers F.C.
Leeds United Back in the Premier League
Leeds United climbed to the top of the Premier League in the 1990s. The Whites competed for years in the highest level, with a third-place finish in 2000. That was their highest finish in team history in the Premier League.
In 1992, Leeds United even became champion of the First Division, before making the switch to the Premier League.
In the following seasons, the team had financial problems and star players, like Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Keane, Harry Kewell, Lee Bowyer, and Jonathan Woodgate had to be sold.
In 2004, after playing in the Premier League, the team was relegated to the English Football League Championship — the highest division of the English Football League. After a few seasons, the team was then moved to the English Football League One from 2007-2010.
Leeds United then spent the past decade in the English Football League Championship from 2010 through 2020, before their latest promotion to the Premier League.
Bielsa — who has been the head coach since 2018 — has been brilliant with the team. He has also been a genius in the way he has managed the team despite departures in the off-season.
With an inspired Patrick Bamford in attack, promising Kalvin Phillips in midfield, long-haired right-back Luke Ayling, and the contribution of loaned (by former Monaco star Wolverhampton) Helder Costa, Leeds have once again impressed in the Championship. However, it was mainly thanks to a stronger defense that it was able to validate its ticket to the Premier League.
Now we will have to wait and see if Leeds can be a serious contender in the most-followed football competition in the world. It doesn’t seem impossible, because we all remember the football miracle that made people fall in love again with the underdogs.
In 2016, they amazed the world by being crowned champions. Some people even made a big amount of money by betting on Leicester to win the title before the season even started. A Leicester City fan, who stood to win £250,000 from a £50 bet on his team winning the Premier League, has cashed out for £72,000.
Who knows this might be the case with Leeds. There are several websites like SBO (http://sbo.net/) that help people who would like to bet on football by comparing the best bookies online and gives up-to-date tips.
Bielsa is now on the verge of making a success of his bet with the Peacocks, who have become an idol for the fans. His aura and the quality of his team’s play have thrilled England, who are already looking forward to seeing him in the Premier League next season.
And let’s hope that not a single grain of sand gets in the way and pushes him to the start! So which club will be able to surprise us all in the next PL season?
Will it be another big player or one of the smaller underdogs that rises to the occasion. One thing is sure and that’s the Premier League never disappoints in terms of excitement!
As every year it will be watched weekly by millions over all the different continents thanks to the massive TV contracts the league reeled in.
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