Leeds should be in the Premier League because of their fans, says ex-star

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland took in a brief loan spell at Leeds United earlier in his career.

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has told the Telegraph that Leeds United deserve to be a Premier League club because of their fan-base.

Butland went on loan to Leeds towards the back-end of the 2013/14 campaign, and he clearly enjoyed his spell at Elland Road.

The 21-year-old impressed during his time with the Whites, even though there was a lot of commotion occurring away from the field, and he has nothing but good wishes for them in the future.

“I felt I did well at Leeds," he said. "There was a helluva lot going on off the pitch (with the ownership) and that created a lot of frustration for fans of such a big club. They want to see their team doing well, and rightly so. Leeds should be in the Premier League with the support they’ve got. Definitely.”

Leeds have one of the biggest fan-bases in England, but years of mismanagement have seen them slip down the divisions and they have struggled to get back to the top level.

Leeds have been away from the Premier League since 2004 and recovering from that blow has been difficult.

The Yorkshire side have spent the majority of their time since then in the Championship, but they did drop down to League One for a stage and there can be no question that they are still underperforming.

Leeds are still facing uncertainty off the pitch at present, and on it they have failed to live up to expectations.

Despite improvements over recent matches, the Whites are in 17th position and are facing a fight against the drop for the remainder of the season.

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