Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has admitted to The Yorkshire Post that he does not have a squad good enough to challenge for the Championship playoffs.
Evans made the comments following Leeds’s 4-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town at Elland Road in the Championship on Saturday afternoon.
“I never spoke about the top part of the table because it was never going to be happening after we had a run of games where we weren’t winning,” the Leeds head coach told The Yorkshire Post. “We were also never, in my opinion, going to get involved at the bottom end of the table.
“We are a mid-table side for a reason – not good enough to get out of it, too good to go down. We are not good enough to break into the top group and our failures are fairly evident to most people who watch us.”
It is great of Evans to admit that he does not have a squad good enough to challenge for the top six.
The Scotsman’s comments are brutally honest, but perhaps honesty is what Leeds fans need at this stage of the season.
Recent positive results might have raised hopes of a top-six finish among many Leeds supporters, but the 4-1 defeat to Huddersfield at the weekend has probably brought them back down to earth.
There are some good players in the current Whites' squad, such as Marco Silvestri, Alex Mowatt and Toumani Diagouraga, but the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff City and Birmingham City, who are all aiming to finish in the top six, are much stronger.
Leeds, though, should be aiming for a top-10 finish in the Championship this season.