Leeds United have not been a Premier League team for 14 years, and former midfielder Gary McAllister believes that the club has been missed.
The Whites are one of the pillars in English football, but they have been adrift from the top flight for so long.
Throughout the last decade or so, Leeds have gone through many off-the-pitch dramas, including troubles over recent ownership.
Massimo Cellino’s tax issues eventually led to the Italian’s departure, and now Andrea Radrizzani is at the helm of Elland Road.
Currently, the club sit 11th in the Championship, eight points adrift of the playoff places after 32 games in the second tier.
Leeds are outsiders in terms of the promotion race, but McAllister thinks that under new head coach Paul Heckingbottom, the Premier League is on the horizon.
The Yorkshire club made a change in the coaching department earlier this month by sacking Thomas Christiansen following a six-game winless run.
Heckingbottom has been in charge for two matches and is yet to taste victory, but at the weekend he witnessed his side come from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 will Bristol City at home.
From McAllister’s point of view, Leeds are ready to be competing against England’s elite.
The Daily Star quotes the Scotsman as saying:
“I think the Premier League wants Leeds United as much as Leeds United wants the Premier League. It’s a huge club, steeped in history. A one-club city which has huge potential. Everything is there in terms of infrastructure – the stadium, the fanbase. I really do think that Leeds have been missed in the top flight. I would never disrespect any teams in the Premier League but in terms of size of club it’s a real shame that Leeds aren’t in there.”