Cooper hails deserved Leeds promotion

18 July 2020 19:46:28 GMTPlus10

Captain Liam Cooper says Leeds "are back where we have always belonged" after they ended a 16-year absence from the Premier League by gaining promotion from the Championship.

West Brom's shock 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield handed Leeds a return to the top flight after picking themselves up from last year's near miss which saw Marcelo Bielsa's men finish outside of the top two in the latter stages of the campaign before a heartbreaking semi-final play-off defeat to Derby.

There will be no play-off agony this season though with West Brom the team to slip up and Leeds finishing strongly with four straight wins ahead of Sunday's trip to last year's nemesis Derby.

Leeds were top of just about every performance indicator statistic this season, but one area Bielsa will be aiming to improve is in away matches as the Yorkshire outfit have not beaten a team in the top six on the road this season.

However, no visiting side will be looking forward to a trip to Elland Road next season and skipper Cooper told BBC Radio Leeds: "Our club, our fans and our players have sacrificed so much - we've been in the doldrums for 16 years.

To be part of this team and to lead this team to promotion back to where we know we've always belonged is unbelievable.

"We deserve it - we've been the best team all season on a consistent level and we've got the job done."

Leeds are 15.00 to finish ahead of arch-rivals Manchester United in a season match bet for 2020/21 but before that they have the trip to Pride Park.

Leeds are 2.40 to win at Derby, who are 2.87 and the draw is 3.40.

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