10 wins needed! Leeds United will need to show champions form for the play-offs

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We take a look at what Leeds United will need to do this season to make the play-off positions.

The signing of Connor Wickham has created a much-needed buzz around Elland Road, and with the Sunderland striker vowing to drive Leeds to a top-six finish this season then supporters can begin to dream.

Speaking to The Yorkshire Evening Post, the striker said: 'The potential here is big. There are some players I know already and the team is looking to push towards the play-offs. Hopefully I can help with that.

'I just want to play football, do the best I can and hopefully push the team into the promotion picture.'

Clearly a huge coup for the club, Wickham is undoubtedly a player capable of turning Leeds into a really dangerous opposition and the potential partnership of him and McCormack will give Championship defenders restless nights.

However, is it too little to late for Leeds United, who would need to show the form of champions between now and the end of the season to grab that last play-off spot, based on the average of previous seasons?

The historic record of points needed to reach certain positions, show the average for a side to make the play-offs is a points total of 72. Leeds currently sit 29 points away from that tally, which would need roughly 10 wins to complete.

And if Wigan Athletic can average their current points per game ratio until the end of the season, then it could take 73 or 74 points to grab that last play-off place, which would take Leeds more than 10 wins out of 15 games to achieve.

Out of Leeds United's remaining 15 games, they still have to play six teams from the top seven and seven of the current top twelve. Which is ideal for taking points off rivals, however, any losses could significantly hinder any remote chances they have.

Ultimately Leeds United's fate is likely be sealed by mid-March, as their next four games are: Queens Park Rangers (1st March), Bolton (8th March), Reading (11th March) and Burnley (15th March).

Anything less than seven points from them four games is likely to end their promotion chase and leave Leeds United building for a more significant push next season.

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