Leeds United are looking to end a 16-year wait to return to the Premier League and the manager of Saturday's opponents is among those who believes promotion is only a matter of time.

Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley has no doubt Leeds will be back in the top flight sooner rather than later after hailing "genius" Marcelo Bielsa following his own side's 2-0 loss to the Argentinian manager's in-form team.

With nine matches remaining, Leeds are back on top of the English second-tier Championship table after that result at Elland Road, courtesy of goals from right-back Luke Ayling and striker Patrick Bamford.

The victory means Leeds have now won five consecutive league games without conceding for the first time since December 2009, lifting them seven points clear of third-placed Fulham.

Cowley was clearly bowled over by United's all-action performance.

"We had to hang onto Leeds in the second half," he said.

'I actually really enjoyed it in a sadistic way'

"We saw the best team in the league playing at the top of their game today. They were relentless at times.

"I've had 13 years as a manager, and that was right up there in terms of an opponent's performance. I thought they were outstanding.

"That was a blueprint in terms of their physical quality and intent. They have so much purpose."

Continuing to wax lyrical, Cowley added: "I actually really enjoyed it in a sadistic way. He's a genius Bielsa. If you are going to be out-managed, then be out-managed by a genius.

"I'm not sure we've ever got to that level of performance that Leeds did today. You look at the energy and intensity. He must be relentless in his demands of them to play with that physical output.

"I will be interested to see how the Premier League copes with them when Leeds go up."

Asked whether he felt Leeds would be promoted this season after 16 years away from the top flight, Cowley said: "Absolutely! They're the best team in the division. It was a painful but a great learning experience for us."