Leeds United’s return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence has been confirmed with two fixtures of the 2019-20 season left to spare.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men beat Barnsley 1-0 at Elland Road on Thursday, July 16, 2020, to move to within just a single point of promotion, with Michael Sollbauer’s first-half effort proving to be the difference between the two sides.
The result also ensured that the Whites would be assured of a place in the top-flight if West Brom were to drop points away at Huddersfield on Friday, July 17, 2020, and sure enough, the prayers of supporters across Yorkshire were answered.
West Brom were beaten 2-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium, with Chris Willock opening the scoring for the hosts before Dara O’Shea hit an equaliser just before half-time.
West Brom toiled to find a winner in the second period, but it was Huddersfield that struck late on through Arsenal loanee Emile Smith Rowe, meaning Leeds will officially compete in the Premier League for the first time since 2003-04 next season.
The Whites will also pick up the Championship trophy if they win just one of their remaining games before preparations begin for their return to English football’s top tier.
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