Leeds United in premier league

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This is a record of Leeds United's performance in the Premier League since the division was formed in 1992. Leeds United were one of the 22 founding members of the Premier League and spent 12 seasons in the division before being relegated after finishing 19th in 2004. 


The club's highest finished league position came when David O'Leary's side finished 3rd in 1999/00 and qualified for the Champions League.

The club restored its Premier League status under Marcelo Bielsa after a 16-year absence with a return to the top flight following promotion from the Championship in 2020 and secured a highly-respectable ninth-placed finish in 2020/21.


Leeds have spent a total of 14 seasons in the Premier League over two spells (1992-2004 and 2020-2022).

Howard Wilkinson has taken charge of the most Premier League matches as Leeds manager (169) and kept the most clean sheets (58). David O'Leary won more Premier League matches in charge (75) than any other manager or head coach and holds the highest points per game tally (1.79). 

Aaron Lennon remains the youngest player in Premier League history to assist a goal, which came for Leeds against Arsenal (for Alan Smith) in November 2003 at the age of 16 years, 199 days.

Eleven players have scored on their first Premier League appearance for the club: Lee Chapman, Imre Varadi, Frank Strandli, Briane Deane, Lee Bowyer, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Alan Smith, Nick Barmby, Jack Harrison, Patrick Bamford and Mateusz Klich.

Complete record of Leeds United in the Premier League

Leeds' record against opponents in the Premier League

Complete record of Leeds United managers in the Premier League

W - Matches won

D - Matches drawn

L - Matches lost

F - Goals for

A - Goals against

GD - Goal difference

GPG - Goals scored per game

GCPG - Goals conceded per game

PPG - Points won per game

CS - Clean sheets

Win % - Win percentage

PTS - League points won

Complete record of Leeds United players in the Premier League

Nat - Nationality

Apps - Appearances

Starts - Games started

Subs - Appearances as a substitute

Goals - Goals scored

Assists - Assists

G+A - Goals and assists combined

GPG - Goals scored per game

APG - Assists per game

G+A PG - Goals and assists combined per game

Pos - Primary positions

Won - Games won

Win % - Win percentage

Breakdown of Leeds goal scorers against every opponent

Premier League goalkeeper clean sheets for Leeds United

Only goalkeepers in their natural position have been included in the above table (no outfield players going in goal).


A clean sheet is awarded for goalkeepers who have not conceded whilst on the pitch and have played 60 or more minutes of a Premier League match. 

Nigel Martyn holds the club's record for most clean sheets by a Leeds goalkeeper in the Premier League (82) and has also made the most Premier League appearances by any Leeds goalkeeper (207). 


Illan Meslier set a new Premier League record for the most clean sheets by an under 21 goalkeeper (8) in a single season and also set a new record for the most Premier League starts (25) made in a single season by a goalkeeper under the age of 21 on February 23rd 2021 in a 3-0 win over Southampton.


Illan Meslier set a new record for the youngest Premier League goalkeeper to keep 10 clean sheets aged 21 years, 54 days in a 0-0 draw with Manchester United on April 25th 2021.

Illan Meslier became the youngest Premier League goalkeeper to make 50 appearances in a 2-2 draw with Brentford on December 5 2021 (21 years, 278 days). Illan Meslier also became the youngest Leeds keeper to play 50 top flight games since John Lukic in the same appearance (19y, 337d, Nov 1980).


Meslier also became the second youngest goalkeeper to start every Premier League match in a whole season in 2021/22 (aged 22 years, 81 days), behind only Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in 2011/12 (aged 22 years, 25 days). [Credit: @JRCooper26].

Premier League debuts for Leeds United

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