HomeFootballWhy Leeds United are here to stay in the...

Why Leeds United are here to stay in the Premier League

- Advertisement -

Leeds United finally ended their 16-year-long exile from the English top-flight as they will be returning to the Premier League next season. It was one particular Argentine, Marcelo Bielsa, who had an imperative role to play in turning Leeds United’s years of humiliation into jubilation.

Things, as they stand, put the Whites eight points clear at the top with a game left to be played, meaning, the Yorkshire giants handsomely won the Championship title.

- Advertisement -

However, being promoted to the Premier League is one thing but staying there, in the long run, is something completely different.

That is precisely why newly-promoted teams look to invest a lot to bring in top quality players so that they can sustain the pressure and flourish, and not just wane away.

A recently published report reveals that promotion to the Premier League helps a team earn approximately £170m in revenue, highlighting the gulf in class between the two levels.

The effects of a financial crisis, such as the one the world is witnessing at the moment, is, therefore, more deeply felt by a club in the Championship than one in the Premier League.


Championship club Wigan Athletic, in fact, were the first casualty of the post-pandemic financial meltdown, declaring that they have gone into administration. They are set for a 12-point penalty, which in all probability, will relegate them to League One.

Although Leeds United have a similar kind of history to speak of, with the club themselves going into administration back in May 2007, the current owner, Andrea Radrizzani has managed to show maturity in dealing with the finances since taking full control of the club.

However, it is one thing taking the team to the top flight and another to keep them there. There have been a number of instances in recent times when a team earning promotion to the top flight were relegated after just one season.

Norwich City are one of the most recent examples, with Aston Villa showing signs of following suit. It will, therefore, be a challenge for Leeds United to follow the Sheffield United route and make an immediate impact in the Premier League.

But we believe Leeds United have got what it takes to stay in the Premier League for a long time.

The Marcelo Bielsa factor

Veteran Argentine manager, Marcelo Bielsa has been holding the key to the club’s success over the course of the last two years. The club’s director of football, Victor Orta was instrumental in convincing the vastly experienced manager about the project they had visualised at Elland Road.

The appointment turned out to be a masterstroke, with Marcelo Bielsa bringing in his own philosophy into the side and getting the best out of every player.

Although the introduction of the Murderball training programme created problems for the players initially, as they thought that it drained them physically, no one was abject to the ideas of the manager, and it soon began to bear fruit.


Marcelo Bielsa was also guilty of being involved in the infamous ‘Spygate’ scandal, as a part of which he sent an individual to observe Derby County’s training sessions ahead of their game in January 2019. It was later revealed that the Derby game wasn’t an exception.

All these techniques implemented by the very experienced manager prove that he knows the game better than most. The likes of Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino look up to Marcelo Bielsa, who can prove to be the determining factor behind Leeds United’s success in the Premier League next season.

With the money he will have at his disposal, following the club’s promotion, Marcelo Bielsa is expected to use his judgment and bring in players who can truly help in rebuilding the team.

Familiarity with electrifying atmospheres

Elland Road has made a name for itself for being one of the most electrifying stadiums in England.

It has a sitting capacity of around 38,000 which makes it the 12th largest stadium in England, and the second-largest outside the Premier League.


The fans inside Elland Road do their best to make the atmosphere as hostile as possible for the opponents.

This works in favour of Leeds United not just while playing at home, but also even when they are visiting iconic stadiums such as Old Trafford and Anfield.

It prepares them well for the hostility they are likely to face in away Premier League games.

The Middle East link   

In October last year, Andrea Radrizzani hinted at a proposed investment from the Middle East, with Qatar Sports Investments being one of the three companies showing interest.

The company, which also owns French outfit Paris St-Germain, is run by Radrizzani’s friend Nasser al-Khelaifi.

In an interview with the Times, the Italian businessman had said that the investment could help Leeds United compete with the likes of Manchester City.

“The option of Qatar Sports Investments and Nasser (al-Khelaifi) – first of all, they are friends, we have had a good relationship for a long time. They have the possibility to bring this club to compete with Manchester City, so for the fans that could be a fantastic opportunity.”

Andrea Radrizzani

However, the links seem to have cooled down a bit since the lockdown, with The Athletic journalist, Phil Hay and Leeds Live journalist, Beren Cross both revealing through Q&A sessions that they haven’t heard about anything with regards to the proposed investment.


If indeed the deal goes through though, Leeds United can well go on to become one of the premier forces in the top flight.

At the end of the discussion, it can, therefore, be said that all probabilities suggest that Leeds United are a club that won’t fade away into anonymity if they manage to get promoted to the Premier League.

Radrizzani has spoken about his vision of seeing Leeds United thrive in the Premier League over the course of the next few years

“Over the next five years, we will continue to build a club and an infrastructure capable of succeeding in the world’s most competitive league.”

And there is no reason for the Leeds United fans to think that it is too big an ambition for a club with such a rich history.  

Also Read: Leeds United and the cult of Marcelo Bielsa: Is the Premier League ready?

- Advertisement -

15 Highly Educated Cricketers Of All Time

Cricket is a game of passion and dedication. A sport in which one involves themselves in camps and practice since early childhood. Due to...

Do we often under-appreciate Andy Flower? What’s his legacy?

There's a hint of sadness in noting that Zimbabwe has never been a dominant power in world cricket. But nothing could be sadder than...

Why are more and more MotoGP riders using the Noson nasal dilator?

Introduction MotoGP riders or athletes are physically fit and healthy individuals and their muscles are continuously functioning and used during the performance. As a fan...

How Come UFC Fighters Have Cauliflower Ears But Boxers Don’t?

The UFC has come a long way since its early days, wherein the fights seemed like modern-day gladiators due to its brutality and inconsistent...

5 spinners who can be India’s potential finger-spinners

The Indian cricket team has always been proud of its ability to produce world-class batsmen and similarly potent spinners. Though in recent times, the...

IPL 2018: The beautiful Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Being seated in the Sawai Mansingh stadium brings a different world, a world of difference away from the palpable excitement of watching truly India’s...

The astonishing decline of Mario Balotelli

There was a time when Mario Balotelli was on top of the world.  The Italian talisman had scored two goals in the Euro 2012 semi-finals,...

Top 5 Left Wingers In The World, Based On 2019-20 Season

Owing to the fact that football has evolved a lot since its inception and the tactics have changed a lot, the role of wingers...

What can be expected from the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

Heat in the air and heat inside the car- that's been the story of the Azerbaijan Grand prix. As F1 parks itself at Baku...

How Suresh Raina Batted India Into The Finals of 2011 World Cup

Its been 9 years, since India won the Cricket World Cup defeating Sri Lanka on 2 April, 2011. The images and visuals of...

IPL 2018: The best from the West Indies

When one of nature's treacherous attacks on mankind- earthquakes- strike, their impact is measured on Richter's scale. When West Indians strike in a tournament...

Big change for India Women’s cricket as BCCI looks to finalise bowling coach soon

We are not even at the halfway stage of the 2018 cricketing season. It clearly seems there's no stopping India's women's cricket team. The...

Age Fraud in Indian Cricket: Are players really to be blamed?

There have been times while watching a cricket match when we tend to hear commentators comment on cricketers’ age. We as fans have many...

Ajax XI if they didn’t sell their star players

Based in Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, who incidentally draw their name from the legendary Greek hero of the same name, are the most successful club...

5 famous players to play for both Leeds United and Liverpool

Leeds United are back in the Premier League after 16 years and will play Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday in their very first match...

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -