Leeds United won the Championship and with it promotion back into the Premier League playing wonderfully slick, Marcelo Bielsa-inspired, high-intensity, high-risk, possession-based football. They build patiently from the back – almost all of their play goes through their deep-lying playmaker, the ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’, Kalvin Phillips – and stretch the pitch with their full-backs pushing high and wide. They are patient in how they construct attacks and are committed to their approach as they look to progress forwards.
When they lose the ball high up the pitch they press aggressively and intelligently (below) to win it back near their opposition’s goal; despite having the highest average possession share in the Championship in 2019/20, they also ranked among the division’s top four for both tackles and interceptions. Leeds were incredibly entertaining, and few could begrudge them their return to the Premier League given how they earned it.