Leeds United recently secure promotion to the Premier League and they are already planning for Champions League qualification in the coming seasons.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men are on verge of winning the Championship and they will be delighted to have return to top flight football after sixteen long years.
It will be interesting to see how Leeds cope in the Premier League next year. It is highly unlikely that they will challenge for a top four place next year. They will have to strengthen their side a lot and get used to the quality of the league first.
Leeds have a thin squad and Bielsa will have to work hard in the transfer market this summer.
The Whites cannot hope to approach the Premier League with Patrick Bamford as their only goalscorer.
It will be interesting to see how they perform in the transfer market first. The current health crisis will have its financial implications and clubs like Leeds will have to be intelligent about their business.
The club’s CEO Angus Kinnear has spoken about Leeds’ ambitions going forward after reaching their base-camp, the Premier League.
He said to Sky Sports: “Whilst we’re celebrating, whilst we’re all very excited, we’ve got back to where we belong. This really is base camp for Leeds United. Leeds United shouldn’t be a Championship side, they should be a Premier League side, so really the challenge starts now and it’s about competing in the PL. Now it’s going to be really about building on that and making sure that over the next few years we start to compete at the level Leeds should be competing in, which ultimately is the top six, and that’s always been our aim. Leeds should have a Premier League team. Candidly, Leeds should have a Champions League team and that’s the vision.”
There is no doubt that Marcelo Bielsa will be sharing that same vision as well. The Argentine is a top class coach and he could make it happen given proper backing in the transfer market.
It will be interesting to see how Leeds develop as a club in the next few seasons.