By David Woods

5th Jul, 2020 | 10:44am

'More Sheffield Utd than Villa' – Rival Championship manager purrs over prospect of Leeds in PL

Leeds United took another step towards the Premier League on Saturday with a 3-1 win over Blackburn.

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray paid tribute to Leeds after the game and to “world class” coach Marcelo Bielsa.

Mowbray also said that he wanted to see Leeds back in the Premier League and hoped they would be “more Sheffield United than Villa or Norwich”.

As quoted in the Yorkshire Evening Post Mowbray said, “I think the football world is looking forward to seeing Leeds in the Premier League to see how they get on against genuine class.

“At this moment, I don’t know how much money they’ll have to spend in the Premier League if they get there but they will have to improve.

“Personally I hope – I grew up in the 70s and watched the great Bremners and Giles, Jack Charlton was my manager twice, I like Leeds as a football club. I hope they’re more Sheffield United than Villa or Norwich. Let’s wait and see. It’ll be exciting for the English game if they can get to the Premier League.”

Fair play to Mowbray for these comments and also for the game that Blackburn took to Leeds.

They were the better side for a period in the first half after Leeds had taken the lead, and it made for an exciting end-to-end game.

Leeds’ superiority paid off in the end and Blackburn, like most other sides against Bielsa’s Whites, ended up fading away in the second half.

As for his comments about the Premier League, we also think Leeds will have to improve but we don’t think Bielsa is going on a spending spree.

We need a new centre-back, especially if Ben White goes, and we need at least one new striker, preferably two.

We’ve just about survived the Championship with just one number nine but the Premier League won’t be anywhere near as forgiving.

However, Leeds more than acquitted themselves against Arsenal in the FA Cup in January – Bielsa’s first real test against a strong top-flight side.

That showed that the current Leeds squad won’t be outclassed.

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