Danny Mills suggested on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning (broadcast from 6am, June 3) that Leeds United will struggle to finish in the top two of the Championship next season.
Leeds are one of the biggest clubs of England, but they have not featured in the Premier League since 2004.
The West Yorkshire outfit have become also-rans in the Championship and endured yet another disappointing campaign in 2015-16.
The fans, though, will expect the Whites to at least push for a top-six finish in the league next season.
Garry Monk has been appointed as the new Leeds head coach, and the former Swansea City manager will be expected to make the team more competitive than it has been over the past few years.
“It’s a marathon of a season,” said former Leeds defender Mills on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning (broadcast from 6am, June 3).
“It’s very, very difficult, and the likes of Leeds United are going to find it very, very difficult to break into that top echelon and try to get automatic promotion.
“I think the quality and the strength of sides, and the size of clubs now in that division is absolutely phenomenal.”
Leeds will indeed find it very tough to finish in the top two of the Championship next season, but their aim should be to get into the playoffs.
The Whites do not have a huge budget and will not have the squad to compete with the likes of Newcastle United and Derby County next season.
What Leeds should focus on is breaking into the top six and making the playoffs. With the current team, that is not achievable, but a few good signings in the summer transfer window could make a huge difference.