Neil Redfearn believes that Leeds United are capable of achieving a top six finish this season.
Redfearn took permanent charge of Leeds at the beginning of this month, filling the void left by the departed Darko Milanic.
Despite failing to start his full-time career in the same vein of form as he ended his caretaker spell - with three wins and one draw in an enjoyable four-game role - the former Academy director has already picked up more points in three games that Milanic did during his entire six-game spell. Four points from three games is an acceptable tally, but not overly impressive, but with the Whites first win in nine games coming prior to the international break, the Yorkshire club are well set to kick-start their season with a now-settled squad and a universally liked head coach.
Despite their rough start to the season, and just 20 points from 17 games leaving them closer to the relegation places than the play-off positions, a strong run of form could see the Whites close the nine-point gap on six-placed Brentford within a number of weeks, and Redfearn believes that Leeds will surely be fighting for promotion to the Premier League if they continue to perform as they have been doing since his appointment.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, Redfearn said: “It could be two forward and one back and one of those sort of seasons.
“But there’s no reason why if we can’t get a settled side and things going that we can’t go on and get ourselves in there.
“We have got to find our way and our feet and the way that is right for us and drive on.”
There have been visible improvements in the Whites form since Redfearn’s appointment at the beginning of this month, with the draw against Charlton showing the best of Alex Mowatt, and the victory over Blackpool capped by the best display of attacking football seen at Elland Road for a number of years. If Redfearn can continue to have such a positive impact, he should have no trouble in changing his squad of talented misfits into a truly great squad capable of returning to the Premier League at the earliest possible opportunity.