Jermaine Pennant has told Sky Sports’ The Debate that he hopes Leeds United gain promotion to the Premier League for the first time since 2004, via the Championship play-offs.
Leeds currently sit in third place with only league game to play, having failed to catch Sheffield United. Just one point from their last possible nine has left them forced to enter the play-offs.
Unless West Brom win and Leeds lose this weekend, it will be West Brom against Aston Villa in one semi-final. Leeds are still waiting to learn of their opponent, with Middlesbrough, Derby and Bristol City all in with a shout.
Pennant, who went on loan to Leeds during the 2003-04 season and played 36 times for the Whites, will have delighted Leeds fans when asked who he thinks will gain promotion.
“As a neutral, it’s a fantastic bunch of teams pushing for promotion from the play-offs,” Pennant said. “When the time comes and those teams are finalised, it is going to be a very enjoyable watch.
Asked who do you think will go up, Pennant replied: “I can’t say Villa as I’m an ex-Blue. I don’t want the Tweets. I want Leeds. Leeds, Leeds, Leeds.”
A week ago, Leeds fans would have been worried about their chances heading into the play-offs. But after dominating Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, it seems as though the mood amongst Elland Road supporters is much more optimistic.
The feel-good factor is back. With Kemar Roofe fit again after a knock to his hip, Leeds will be looking for their first win in four league games against already relegated Ipswich Town.
Then, it is crunch time. With the momentum and optimism back, Leeds are the favourites to go up.