Leeds United legend Lucas Radebe has been discussing his former club this week and believes the Premier League misses the West Yorkshire club just as much as they miss participating.
The South African, known as ‘The Chief’ among the Elland Road faithful, spent 11 years at Leeds United after joining the club in 1994.
Since his exit from the club, Leeds United have gone through some major turmoil and have not played in the top-flight since 2004. They even dropped to League One at one point.
Radebe, speaking to Sport24, spoke of how sad the demise of his former club had been. However, with Leeds looking as well placed as ever to return to the top-flight, Radebe believes the Premier League would prosper from Leeds’ return.
“It’s a bit sad to see, especially watching from the distance and having seen the club plummeting to that level. Such a big name, such a big club.
“Having not participated in the top flight (Premier League) is sad. But the Premier League misses Leeds United. The city itself, the culture and the tradition are very rich.”
He also made it clear that he is hoping to be back at Leeds some point this season, as part of the club’s centenary celebrations.
“I still go to Leeds. I try to visit every year. This year I am invited again for the celebration of a hundred years.”
There is no doubt that Leeds have all the infrastructure and history to be a Premier League club.
A huge one-club city, excellent stadium and youth academy as well as a vociferous and loyal fanbase, Leeds United certainly belong in the Premier League.
Hopefully, the club can give Radebe something to smile about by returning to the top-flight this season.