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Leeds United back in the Premier League for first time in 16 years

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It’s astonishing to think that one of the biggest clubs in English football has been away from the top division for 16 years, but Marcelo Bielsa has helped to elevate Leeds back into the big time.

The result was confirmed after West Bromwich Albion failed to beat Huddersfield Town on Friday night, which was one of two fixtures that could have teed up Leeds’ glory moment.

Huddersfield took the lead after just four minutes to get the drama underway with Chris Willock stabbing into the net after Sam Johnstone failed to hold a free-kick from the left wing.

It was the perfect start for Leeds fans who, barring a West Brom win at the John Smith’s Stadium, would have been celebrating promotion with two games left to play.

After their 1-0 win over Barnsley on Thursday, Marcelo Bielsa’s side knew they needed just one more point to be guaranteed promotion back to the top flight.

But they didn’t even need that as a surprise defeat for the Baggies means Premier League football will be back at Elland Road next season for the first time since the club’s relegation in 2004.

Leeds have already set a new club points record of 87 this season, with two games still to go.

The Whites have gone through 15 managers in their 16 seasons outside the top flight, and even spent some time in League One.

But finally, they are back in the top flight where they will renew their rivalries with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea in 2020/21.

Welcome back.

Abass Latifat

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