Leeds United took another step toward earning promotion to the Premier League yesterday, with a resounding victory against Stoke City at Elland Road. Mateusz Klich, Helder Costa, Liam Cooper, Pablo Hernandez, and Patrick Bamford scored a goal each to secure all three points for Leeds ahead of a weekend clash with Swansea City.
Should they win that game and Brentford lose away to Derby County, then Leeds could be one point away from being a Premier League team this weekend.
It feels like a turning point for many Leeds fans, with the niggling doubts and painful memories of last season’s capitulation starting to fade away.
Indeed, several high-profile former Leeds players and fans were more than happy with the result on social media.
Tony Dorigo was one of them. The Australian-born star, who played over 200 games at left-back for Leeds, shared his joy at being able to commentate on such an exquisite display.
#LeedsUnited were a different class tonight against a poor Stoke side. Commentating on a 5-0 mauling is fun! To a man, our boys in white were magnificent. Now it’s back to business against Swansea. Bring us home ????#mot #alaw
— Tony Dorigo (@tonydorigo) July 9, 2020
Former Leeds and England stars Nigel Martyn and Stephen Warnock were also over the moon whilst Michael Bridges hailed the Whites’ return to the top of the Championship.
— Stephen Warnock⚽️?? (@StephenWarnock3) July 9, 2020
Another great win @Lufc ??
— Nigel Martyn (@nmartyn25) July 9, 2020
Back at the top ?? https://t.co/EQKahE7pxu
— Michael Bridges (@MickyBridges8) July 9, 2020
Leeds United fans will not celebrate until promotion is secured, but it looks increasingly likely that, on this occasion, Leeds are marching on to Premier League football.