By Alex Dudley
Leeds United came within a whisker of winning promotion back to the Premier League last season, and while that semi-final defeat at Elland Road may still sting; the club have certainly refocused for the new season. The club’s 15 year wait for a return to the Premier League has been an agonising one for the fans, which has seen the club drop down to League One before returning to the Championship. But, it could be argued that the Whites have never been closer than they are right now.
Punters are already suggesting that the club will be celebrating their 100th year of existence back in the big time. For gamblers there’s plenty of information on free bets and bookies offers at Free Bet Info, which could see fans win more when the Whites are victorious. But, why is this season so different from the last, and why should fans be confident that a return to the top-flight in imminent?
Harsh Lessons Learnt
Last season would have been a learning curve for much of the squad, and since the majority of it is young, then they would have learnt from those lessons from last season. The second leg of the semi-finals, in particular, was a brutal evening. Leeds had complete control of the tie after winning the first leg, and the Whites should never have been so expansive in their play on that fateful evening.
You can rest assured that the same mistakes won’t happen again. Of course, the club will be targeting automatic promotion this season as opposed to another nervy run through the playoffs, and it would seem that the two automatic spaces are there for the taking.
The three teams that were relegated from the Premier League have all endured contrasting starts to the new season. Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town have been below par and are both lingering at the wrong end of the table from their perspective, while Fulham will be hoping that the departure of Ryan Sessegnon doesn’t derail their bid. The teams relegated from the previous season are normally the favourites to regain their place in the top-flight, but this season the standards of these sides have dropped below what they should be.
Leeds were so close last season, and the squad has been strengthened. The most notable arrival was Helder Costa. The loanee from Wolves could be the decisive factor later in the season, and his experience at this level will be imperative when Leeds are looking for that final push.
The most crucial bit of business that the club did over the summer was ensuring that Marcelo Bielsa remained at Elland Road. He is a Premier League manager, and his tactical awareness and knowledge of the game will both be overwhelming reasons why the club improve on their finish from last season. The experiences that the manager has had in the past will put him in excellent shape to push this side onto the next level.
His revolutionary tactics at Elland Road has made him a firm fan favourite, and promotion into the Premier League is imperative in keeping hold of the well respected Argentinean.
Why This Is The Season Leeds Finally Return To The Premier League