Leeds United's Under-23s left on the brink of Premier League 2 title after Stoke City fightback

The Whites are closing in on promotion at development level.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 3:52 pm
Leeds United's Under-23s head coach Mark Jackson. Pic: LUFC

Leeds United's Under-23s need just a solitary point to secure the Premier League 2 Division Two title - with promotion all but confirmed.

The Whites could've been crowned champions officially on Monday afternoon without kicking a ball if Stoke City fell to defeat at Crystal Palace.

The Potters, though, battled back from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw with the Eagles in South London which meant celebrations at Thorp Arch were put on hold.

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The result means that Leeds now have a 12-point lead over second-placed Stoke, who have four games of their season remaining.

City would need to win all their remaining games while requiring Leeds to go pointless along with a 20 goal swing to take the crown in place of the Whites.

Mark Jackson's side have been in impressive form this season during their first campaign with elite academy status.

United have won 16, drawn once and lost on four occasions this term - a run of which included nine straight victories from November until early March.

Leeds have charged to the top of the table with the help of academy prospect and leading marksman Joe Gelhardt - who has 11 goals and four assists.

Sam Greenwood has also bagged on eight occasions with Crysencio Summerville finding the net five times.

United are fighting for the chance to take on the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal at development level and also set up a clash with arch rivals Manchester United.

"It's been a good journey and we're still on it," Jackson reflected after United's last win.

"We've got to go and see it through and control what we can control. We can control our performances and how we approach games and our mindset to games.

"We want to win every game we go into. That's how we want to do it. We want to play our way and utilise our philosophy.

"Ultimately we go out to win every game and that's what we'll do from now until the end of the season. It's credit to the players to put themselves in a position where they are now."

Leeds have three games remaining of the current campaign, a run which begins with a trip to face Aston Villa on Friday night (7pm).