Simon Grayson gives his verdict on Leeds United's chances of promotion this season

Simon Grayson, Manager of Sunderland looks on prior to the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on September 20, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Leeds United are currently in fifth place in the Championship table.

Simon Grayson, Manager of Sunderland looks on prior to the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on September 20, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Simon Grayson has told Sky Sports, during their live coverage of Leeds United’s match against Burton Albion, that Thomas Christiansen’s side have given everyone around Elland Road the belief that next year could be the one when they finally return to the Premier League.

Leeds have not returned to the top tier ever since they dropped out of it back in 2004, but Christiansen’s men are right in the thick of the race for promotion now.

Leeds beat Burton yesterday to make it four wins in a row, and move into fifth place in the Championship table.

After the match, Christiansen was keen to temper expectations - with the Danish boss insisting that he was taking things one game at a time.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

But Grayson believes that Leeds fans will be dreaming after their impressive first half of the season.

“They have shown faith in their manager and the players have responded,” Grayson said.

“He’s trying to lower the expectations levels, but everyone will be starting to believe this is the year that Leeds can get back into the Premier League.

“They’ve given themselves a foundation and a belief that from now until the end of the season, something is achievable but we all know what the Championship is like - anybody can beat anybody.”

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on November 4, 2017 in Brentford, England.

Leeds had to come from behind yesterday, as the Whites picked up the three points at the Pirelli Stadium.

Burton had taken the lead against them, but goals from Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe inspired a turnaround.

Christiansen’s men are next in action on Saturday, when they take on bottom of the league Birmingham City at St. Andrews.

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