Paul Merson has claimed that he will have “no complaints” if Leeds United are promoted this season.
The Whites are currently stuck in a state of limbo as they wait to find out if and when the EFL will decide to resume their Championship campaign amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men sit top of the table with nine games remaining, but could face opposition to them going up if the second tier is brought to an end early.
For his part, however, Merson is keen to see the Whites back in the top flight.
Writing in a column for the Daily Star, he said: “Whatever is decided in the days ahead, I’m keeping my fingers crossed it works out for the famous Yorkshire club who’ve been in the doldrums for far too long.
“I know the likes of Fulham and Brentford won’t agree but if Leeds and West Brom go up, I’ll have no complaints at all.
“They’ve been the two best sides in the Championship this year and look good value for promotion.”
This is good to hear from Merson, and makes a pleasant change from the barrage of negativity we’ve heard from certain sources in recent days.
With the likes of Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber and Brighton striker Glenn Murray both speaking out against the prospect of Leeds going up, it’s nice to hear a respected voice in the professional game coming to our defence.
Merson’s argument is rooted in a belief in sporting merit and rewarding clubs for the hard work they have put in this season.
That is how it should be, and after 37 matches, to be top of the table and clear of the play-off places by seven points, it’s hard to argue that Leeds don’t deserve a long-awaited return to the Premier League.
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