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.
“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.
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