By Daniel Feliciano

22nd Sep, 2022 | 12:10pm

Joao Felix comments show just how far Leeds United have come in last three years

Three years ago Leeds were one of the top sides in the Championship and pushing to make it to the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa.

They made it as champions, stealing the hearts of plenty of neutrals for their attacking style of play under the wild Argentine manager with their fast-paced football, endless running and exciting matches.

Then when they got to the top flight, they did the same again albeit at a slightly lower scale.

Bielsa led an attacking side through brilliant matches scoring goals and conceding them at a crazy rate, but secured an impressive ninth placed finish in their first season back for 17 years.

Things went a bit left last year as Bielsa was sacked following a torrid run of form that saw them battling against relegation, but fans and pundits alike praised him for his legacy and he left a legend.

What he did for the club was absolutely unprecedented in such a short amount of time, and that’s been proven by the comments of Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix in a recent interview with Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo [21 September].

When asked about the Premier League and who his favourite club in England was, the player who once moved clubs for a startling £113m when he left Benfica for the Spanish capital didn’t name your obvious teams.

Instead, Felix said his favourite English team was Leeds United.

Now that could have been to prevent the rumour mill from flying off the handle had he mentioned one of the mega-powers of English football in Manchester United, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool.

But it’s also just as likely now that it’s because when he was a teenager and impressionable adult it was the Whites who were playing an attractive brand of football with a manager who went against the grain with his approach.

It shows just how far Leeds have come in recent years that they’re even considered among those clubs, where top players are standing up and paying attention to the work being done at Elland Road.

It’s exactly why the club are desperate to rename the training ground in honour of Bielsa, and shows exactly how far the club have come in the last three years.

In other Leeds news, the club must make a major contract decision for one key player ahead of next summer