Former Leeds United favourite Olivier Dacourt responded to a fan’s well-wishing with the hope that the club return to the Premier League by the end of this season, showing the love he still has for the club.
The appointment of Marcelo Bielsa has seen the Whites thrust to the forefront of the promotion race for the past two seasons and while they missed out last season late in the campaign, this term looks much more likely to yield promotion.
After a win over Huddersfield Town at Elland Road back at the beginning of March, Leeds moved seven points clear of Fulham and back to the top of the table with just nine games left to play. However, their charge to promotion has been swiftly halted by the recent global lockdown and there are doubts growing over how the season will be finished or even if it will, with the priority still set on bringing a conclusion one way or another.
This weekend would have seen Leeds conclude their 46-game season with a home clash against Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic, with both clubs hoping that their fate would be sealed before the game, as the Addicks have fought to stay in the league all season.
One of Bowyer’s teammates at Leeds during their Champions League adventure was French international midfielder Olivier Dacourt, who’s still managed to maintain his fan-favourite status amongst the Elland Road faithful:
It shows how highly the Frenchman is still thought of in West Yorkshire and the feeling is clearly mutual between Dacourt and Leeds, as he responded accordingly:
There’s still a lot of fear about how the Championship season will be finalised and whether it will see promotion confirmed early for Leeds or whether they will have to continue as planned, but there is a lot of hope that they will be able to make it over the line after falling short last season.