Vinnie Jones gives verdict on Leeds promotion chances and Marcelo Bielsa’s side

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Vinnie Jones thinks Leeds will finally get over the line and gain promotion back to the Premier League this season after 16 years of hurt.

The Whites have been desperate for a return to the top flight since being relegated in 2004 and came agonisingly close last season.

After last season’s near-miss in the play-offs, Marcelo Bielsa’s men raced clear at the top of the Championship this term but have stumbled of late.

But a 1-0 home win over Bristol City last time out looks to have rejuvenated their promotion push just at the right time.

Former Wimbledon and Wales hard man Jones was part of the Leeds team that made it back to the top flight as champions in 1990 under Howard Wilkinson.

And the 55-year-old has backed Bielsa and co to repeat the feat 30 years on.

“I pray to God they don’t f*** it all up again, which they have done for quite a few years now. It’s a mental block we need to overcome,” Jones told The Sun.

“But once they get back to the Premier League, I don’t think there will be any stopping this club.

“I recently attended the Leeds’ centenary dinner and the reception I got from fans was unbelievable.

“There were a couple of club legends who probably thought I shouldn’t have been there but the reaction from fans put them in their place.

“Leeds are so close now and have a fantastic manager in Bielsa, who everybody seems to love.

“Back in 1990, we had a few blips but we got over the line.

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“Wilko says he let me go too early and that’s my one regret, that I was a Leeds player for only 18 months.”

Leeds are currently second in the Championship, four points behind leaders West Brom as the race for promotion hots up.

But with the likes of Fulham, Brentford, and Nottingham Forest ready to pounce there are sure to be twists and turns between now and the end of the campaign.

There are now only 13 games left remaining for Leeds to finally end 16 years of waiting.

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