Are Leeds United good enough to compete for a top-10 spot in the Championship this season?
Leeds United are aiming for a top-10 finish in the Championship this season, but they are struggling at the moment.
As things stand, Leeds are just three points above the relegation zone in 16th place in the league table.
It is hard to envisage the Whites finishing the season in the bottom three, but it is also difficult to see how they will end up in the top 10.
While Leeds fans will argue that head coach Uwe Rosler will get things right and some of the players, such as Alex Mowatt and Sam Byram, will pick up form as the season progresses, perhaps it is time to accept the simple, but harsh truth.
Leeds are simply not good enough.
How many of the current Leeds players will be able to play for the top six teams in the Championship?
Marco Silvestri? Probably, if he does not make too many mistakes. Byram? Possibly, if he gets back his form and is deployed as a right-back. Alex Mowatt? Maybe.
Of course, there are other good players in the Leeds team, such as Sol Bamba, Charlie Taylor and Lewis Cook, and Stuart Dallas actually arrived from Brentford in the summer after helping to claim a Championship playoff spot last season.
However, there are other teams in the Championship who have better players and are more ‘settled’ than Leeds.
Cardiff City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sheffield Wednesday, Queens Park Rangers and Ipswich Town are all above the Whites in the league table.
Even Nottingham Forest, who had to sell their best player in the summer (Michail Antonio), are a point clear of Leeds at the moment.
Derby County, Middlesbrough and Hull City are also above Leeds, but Rosler’s side are not competing in the ‘same league’ as them, are they?
Of course, it’s still early days and Rosler could change things for the better for Leeds, but at the moment it does not look likely that they will finish in the top 10.