Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, former Leeds boss Howard Wilkinson has shared his view on the Whites winning promotion this season, suggesting that Steve Evans’ men are not out of the race just yet.
When asked if Leeds can win promotion this season, Wilkinson said: “Leeds aren’t out of it. If you’re realistic then 12 points is a lot to make up with half of the season gone. The statistics would say that it’s very hard from here but it’s difficult to categorise the Championship, the same as it is the Premier League this season. Is not black-and-white in terms of ruling teams in and out.”
Following defeat at the hands of Ipswich in midweek, Leeds currently sit in 15th place in the Championship table after 26 games.
They have won only seven fixtures, but also lost only eight, and it is a large number of draws which keep them in the lower reaches of the table.
Many would suggest they are out of the promotion race at this stage of the season, with 13 points separating the Whites and sixth placed Brighton.
However, the Championship is a strange division, and one in which lower teams can shoot up the league table with a short run of impressive results.
12 points is only four wins, and Evans’ men had been in good form prior to their loss at the hands of the Tractor Boys.
Realistically, Leeds could have one great month which puts them in contention for the play-offs with a group of victories, and Wilkinson is right to not write the club’s promotion chances off yet.