The defeat of the second-place team of West Brom against Huddersfield on the evening of July 17, helped Leeds win the first promotion place in the English First Division this season.
After 16 years of absence, Leeds will play in the Premier League from the 2020-2021 season. Marcelo Bielsa’s teachers and students have 87 points after 44 games, five points higher than West Brom. With West Brom having only one game left, the football from West Yorkshire took the place to first place. Third place is Brentford with 81 points. Brentford will follow Leeds up for promotion if he wins the other two games.
West Brom lost their autonomy to promotion with a 1-2 defeat at Huddersfield, though they were leading most of the season. The host opened the score thanks to Chris Willock in the fourth minute, the earliest match of round 45.
West Brom equalized at the end of the first half with a goal at Dara O’Shea. But at the 86th minute, Emile Smith-Rowe scored the score to set the score 2-1 for the homeowner. Willock and Smith-Rowe both grew up from Arsenal’s training ground.
Leeds United had started slumping a season earlier, in the face of financial turmoil. The home club Elland Road has to sell many pillars such as Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Keane, Jonathan Woodgate, Lee Bowyer, or Robbie Fowler. Although there are still a few good players like Mark Viduka, Alan Smith, Jermaine Pennant, or James Milner, they are still 19th and relegated with Leicester and Wolverhampton.
Leeds fans congratulate the players at Elland Road
Leeds suddenly reached the semi-finals of the 2000-2001 Champions League, stopping against Valencia. But the West Yorkshire club had to play in the second division (EFL League One) for three seasons, from 2007 to 2010.