Leeds United have ended their 16 -year wait for Premier League football after West Brom failed to beat Huddersfield on Friday night.
Marcelo Bielsa ’s side , who edged past Barnsley 1- 0 on Thursday, have sealed promotion from the Championship with two games to spare, after the Baggies failed to keep the pressure up at the John Smith ’s Stadium .
Leeds have enjoyed an impressive campaign after bouncing back from last season ’s play -off heartache to clinch promotion , returning to the top flight for the first time since 2004. In that time there have been several near misses , while they also spent three years in League One between 2007 and 2010.
Leeds are yet to clinch the Championship title , although a failure for Brentford to win at Stoke on Saturday will do that . If the Bees are victorious , then a point at Derby in Leeds ’ game on Sunday .
Leeds looked nailed on for promotion in early March. A fifth straight win in a row against Huddersfield saw them move seven points clear of Fulham in third with just nine games to go.
But then the coronavirus crisis put football on hold indefinitely , and the club were left to wonder whether or not there would be a restart .
Eventually , more than three months later, football did return – but Leeds fell to defeat at Cardiff in their first game back. Five wins from six since , however , ensured that they got the job done . Leeds haven ’t been out of the top five all season , they have only ended seven game weeks outside of the top two, and have occupied an automatic -promotion spot since mid -November .