Speaking to Radio Yorkshire, former Leeds star James Milner has admitted that he wants to see the Whites back in the Premier League, the place they ‘deserve’ to be.
Milner said: “It’s frustrating times. Hopefully they can get it right, they are a club that deserve to be in the top flight. If they can find some stability in the next few years. There are some great young players coming through, and hopefully they can kick on and push back into the Premier League where they deserve to be.”
Leeds are currently ailing as a mid-table Premier League club, with their last experience in the top flight coming in Milner’s second, and final, season at Elland Road.
The midfielder was sold in the summer of 2004 following the relegation, with Leeds needing the money from the highly rated talent to ensure their stability.
He has gone on to have an extremely successful career, winning league titles with Manchester City and becoming and England regular, whilst Leeds have spent the decade since his exit in the second tier - and even falling down to League One.
There aim, obviously, is to get back to playing top flight football in the near future, but it currently looks as if there is no direct path they can take to get there.
They lack the quality of the best teams in the Championship, and there is still a lack of stability surrounding the ownership situation with Massimo Cellino. Leeds have the size of a Premier League club, but right now, no rightful claim to be in the first division.
In the same interview, Milner made it clear that he would love to play for Leeds again in the future, and he could be the man to send the Whites back to the top flight if he ever does return to Elland Road.