By Neil Champney

23rd May, 2020 | 7:30am

MOT View: 'Best city ever' claim from Lucas Radebe should get fans buzzing for Leeds PL return

It’s hard to overstate how much everybody associated with Leeds United want a return to the Premier League this season. 

After a decade and a half, the Whites are closer than ever before to a long-awaited top flight comeback.

And while we may still have a bit of a nervous wait on the cards as the relevant governing bodies fully clarify how they plan to conclude their respective campaigns, we can at least take some comfort from Phil Hay’s claim that the “biggest threat” facing Leeds’ promotion hopes is an unforeseen dip in form if and when things do get back under way.

With that in mind, you can perhaps forgive us supporters for beginning to dream a little bit.

And it would appear that Elland Road legend Lucas Radebe is starting to get excited by the prospect of a top flight return too.

Speaking to Ian Wright earlier in the week, as shared to the ex-Arsenal striker’s personal Twitter account, The Chief said: “I watched them [Leeds] last season and I thought they were unlucky.

“But I think it was good that they stayed in the Championship and made sure that they galvanised.

“I think it [promotion] would be brilliant for the club and it would be brilliant for the city.

“That city, once the club plays well and is achieving, it buzzes like hell. It becomes the best city ever.”

And Radebe’s comments serve as a reminder of just how enormous promotion would be – not that any of us particularly needed one.

The club is the heartbeat of the city, and to have our lads back in the big time, especially after such a long and gruelling slog in the lower leagues, would be absolutely massive for Leeds as a whole.

There has been such a revitalised atmosphere around the place ever since Marcelo Bielsa arrived at the beginning of last season, but securing a spot in the Premier League next term would surely be the icing on the cake.

Radebe’s assessment will only crank the excitement up even further.

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