By Dave Woods

13th Aug, 2019 | 11:53am

Moyes: Premier League needs Leeds United

Former Everton, Man United and West Ham manager David Moyes has said that Leeds United supporters are among the best in the country and claimed that the Premier League needs them back.

Moyes was talking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Tuesday.

“I think the Premier League needs Leeds United back,” Moyes said. “I’ve been to a couple of games and I watched them a year ago away from home and the support they brought was incredible. For me, the Leeds United support is arguably one of the best in the country and I think they’re missed out of the Premier League.”

It’s been a long time out of the top-flight for Leeds, who were relegated in the 2003/04 season and haven’t made it back since.

Under Marcelo Bielsa, the club almost won promotion last season but finished third and then lost to Derby County in the play-off semi-final.

Leeds are overwhelming favourites with the bookies to win the Championship outright this season, despite drawing one of their first two games. They’re priced at 3/1 with Fulham their closest rivals at 6/1.

Through all the time in the lower leagues, the support has remained rock solid at Leeds. They posted the biggest crowd of the Championship for their first home game of the season against Nottingham Forest – the 35,453 crowd was nearly 7,500 more than Sheffield Wednesday and 8,000 more than Derby County in third.