Alan Pardew predicts Leeds will finish in Championship's top three this season

Leeds United players celebrate after scoring the second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in...

Alan Pardew has backed Leeds United to finish in the top three of the Championship this season.

Leeds United players celebrate after scoring the second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in...

Alan Pardew has told The Debate on Sky Sports (broadcast on 12th September 2017 from 10:00 pm) that he is expecting Leeds to finish in the top three of the Championship this season.

Thomas Christiansen's men have made a brilliant start to the campaign, winning five and drawing two of their opening seven games.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

Their latest victory - a hard-fought 2-0 win over Birmingham - saw them move to the top of the table, and it must not be forgotten that they have not conceded a league goal since the opening day of the season, keeping six clean sheets since.

Leeds have taken many by surprise given the fact that they appointed a manager with no experience of the Championship before his arrival and sold their top goalscorer Chris Wood during the summer.

Alan Pardew, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on December 17, 2016 in London, England.

But Pardew has suggested that Christiansen deserves a huge amount of praise, and added that Wood's departure seems to have benefited them. 

"So far, he's done a marvellous job, and take the striker out of the situation, they look a little bit more fluid, they look like a team that is going to definitely be in the top three in my opinion," he told The Debate on Sky Sports.

"For Leeds fans, if the Premier League really wanted a big club to return that hasn't been there for a while, that is the club."

There is still a long way to go of course, but it is undoubtedly an encouraging start as they shown that they can both play teams off the park and grind out results when they are under pressure - as they were against Birmingham this week. 

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