By Richard Parks

Noel Whelan has taken to Twitter to congratulate Wolves on securing automatic promotion and lament at how far Leeds United have fallen behind their Championship rivals.

The Midlands big spenders were promoted to the Premier League with four games to spare after Fulham drew at home to Brentford on Saturday.

Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan labelled Wolves “worthy winners” of the Championship on his personal Twitter account and admitted he was envious of their success, insisting “I’d give anything to feel and have that with Leeds”.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have led the Championship table since 18 November and at one stage had looked on course to challenge the Championship record points tally of 106, set by Reading in 2005-06.

A sequence of poor results in January and February saw that possibility diminish, although they could still reach a maximum of 104 points if they win their remaining four games, starting with Sunday’s West Midlands derby against Birmingham City.

Football Insider verdict:

Chinese owners Fosun have spent heavily to help Wolves achieve promotion, although the method of their player recruitment has been questioned by some other Championship clubs, most notably Leeds. There is little doubt that Wolves have the best players in the division after taking full advantage of the contacts of Jorge Mendes, but huge credit must go to Nuno for moulding them into a team capable of maintaining their standards over a marathon league season. By contrast, Leeds have been hopeless in the second half of the campaign and their puny efforts go to show how difficult it is to secure promotion on a shoestring budget. Are you watching, Mr Radrizzani?

In other Leeds United news, a 24-year-old is unlikely to play for the club ever again after recent events.

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