The Premier League can be a greater product if Leeds have been concerned, in line with the membership’s former supervisor Howard Wilkinson.
The Whites, beneath Marcelo Bielsa, got here so near profitable promotion final season earlier than falling within the Championship play-offs, they usually stay one of many favourites to go up this time period after a superb first half of the season.
They presently sit second within the desk with 27 video games performed, behind league leaders West Brom, resulting from dropping their most up-to-date match, at house to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Whether or not this was a one-off defeat or the beginning of Leeds’ annual second half of the season collapse stays to be seen, although followers are fearing the worst given the membership’s current historical past.
That is Leeds’ 16th season since their relegation from the Premier League and plenty of followers of English soccer need to see the Elland Highway outfit again within the top-flight.
One man who shares this view is Howard Wilkinson, who spent eight years as Leeds supervisor and guided them to the ultimate ever First Division title earlier than the creation of the Premier League in 1992.
“I sincerely hope [Leeds are promoted],” Wilkinson instructed talkSPORT’s Jim White. “I didn’t know till I truly moved from Leeds how huge – in a distinct sense of the phrase to dimension – the town is.
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“As a metropolis they’ve a implausible potential to get behind what the town stands for, so I hope that is their yr.
“They’d be a optimistic in any scenario, however to get them within the Premier League would improve the Premier League.”
Bielsa took cost at Elland Highway in summer season 2018 and has change into a cult determine among the many Leeds devoted in his year-and-a-half on the helm.
He has invigorated a membership who have been struggling upon his arrival, and Wilkinson believes Bielsa’s relationship along with his gamers is central to his work in Yorkshire.
“He intrigues me,” added Wilkinson on the Argentine coach. “On the finish of the day what issues is how do the gamers react, and from what I hear the gamers react effectively to him.
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“Gamers have modified; it was once that they have been footballers, and now we recognise soccer is what they do, it isn’t who they’re.
“It appears to me he’s involved with who they’re in addition to what they do.”