Gus Poyet explains why Leeds United deserve to be promoted

Dennis Wise Manager of Leeds with assistant coach Gus Poyet during the Coca Cola Championship match between Leeds United and Southend United at Elland Road on October 28, 2006 in Leeds,...

Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United will need to get through the play-offs if they are to leave the Championship for the Premier League.

Fans of Leeds United celebrate during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road on December 26, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Gus Poyet says Leeds United deserve to be promoted to the Premier League this season, while speaking on Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT (1 May, 9:00am).

Marcelo Bielsa’s side looked set to bring an end to their 15 year exile from the top tier after spending much of the season in the automatic promotion positions. But a poor run of form since the turn of the year, including successive defeats over the Easter weekend to Wigan and Brentford, cost Leeds dear as they slipped behind Norwich and Sheffield United.

 

As a result, the Whites will now need to navigate the play-offs with Aston Villa, West Brom and more than likely Derby County set to go head-to-head for the third and final Premier League place.

But Poyet, who was assistant manager to Dennis Wise at Elland Road in 2007/08, believes the size and history of Leeds would make them a welcome addition to England’s top tier.

“They’re incredible, they deserve to go up,” Poyet said. “They are a massive club.

Dennis Wise Manager of Leeds with assistant coach Gus Poyet during the Coca Cola Championship match between Leeds United and Southend United at Elland Road on October 28, 2006 in Leeds,...

“We went to Tranmere in League One and took 15,000 people. In League One! It was a special time, it’s a great place. They paid the price (for the financial problems) and its time for them to go up.”

Leeds battered Derby home and away this season, came from two goals down to beat Aston Villa in December and also put four past West Brom at Elland Road, meaning Bielsa and co should still have plenty of confidence in the tank despite a disappointing end to such a promising campaign.

Manager of Leeds United Marcelo Bielsa greets fans as he arrives at the stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Aston Villa at Elland Road on April 28,...

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