Sol Bamba has played down Leeds United’s chances of securing a playoff spot in the Championship this season, as reported by The Yorkshire Evening Post.
Leeds are currently 11th in the league table with 41 points from 32 matches, no fewer than 15 points behind sixth-placed Watford.
However, Neil Redfearn’s side are in a great run of form at the moment and have picked up 15 points from their last six league games, scoring seven goals and conceding just two in the process.
Just a few weeks ago Leeds were hovering above the relegation zone, but now the Whites are 10 points clear of third-from-bottom Millwall.
Bamba, who joined Leeds from Palermo on loan in the January transfer window, is delighted with the team’s current run of form.
However, the defender is not getting carried away and is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.
“Mathematically it’s possible so I’m not going to blow the confidence of the fans,” the 30-year-old Ivory Coast international centre-back told The Yorkshire Evening Post when asked about Leeds’s playoff chances.
“It’s a tough league and we start from far (back) so if we manage to do that it would be brilliant and if we keep on winning we can do it. But I’m not sure it’s realistic.
“When you beat top sides, confidence comes and obviously if we keep going we can think about the play-offs. But I think it’s too soon to be honest.”
Honest and mature
Bamba’s comments are very honest and mature: Leeds are not going to finish in the top six of the Championship this season.
As the Ivorian defender says, mathematically it is still possible, but the gap between Watford in sixth and Leeds is too much.
Although the Whites do have a good team that should have done better than what they have done so far this campaign, they have lost too many points over the past months to make up in the coming weeks.
What Leeds now need to do is try to finish as high as possible in the Championship table and then plan for next season.