Middlesbrough star Aden Flint comments on Leeds United

Aden Flint of Bristol City (4) looks dejected alongside team mates as Sergio Aguero of Manchester City (10) scores their second goal during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final First Leg match...

Middlesbrough's Aden Flint suggests Leeds United have impressed him.

Aden Flint of Bristol City celebrates scoring his sides first goal but it is later disallowed during the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final match between Bristol City and Manchester United at...

Aden Flint has called on his Middlesbrough team-mates to "raise the bar" ahead of a massive double-header against West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United.

Tony Pulis's side host West Brom at The Riverside Stadium on Friday night in the knowledge that victory would send them three points clear of high-flying Leeds, who would have a game in hand.

The Whites occupy top spot in the Championship at the moment after winning a hard-fought point in Tuesday's 2-2 draw at Swansea City to move ahead of Boro on goal difference.

Marcelo Bielsa is the first-ever Leeds boss to win his first four games in charge and the Argentine has United playing some eye-catching stuff early doors.

And Flint, a former target of the Elland Road club, admits that Bielsa's side represent a "real challenge" for the North-East outfit.

“We won’t be getting complacent or carried away. Not that the gaffer would let that happen to us, no way. We all know that in West Brom and Leeds we have two massive games now and we have to raise the bar again," he told Gazette Live.

"Leeds have started well too and got that little bit of momentum so that will be a real challenge too.

“We are all a couple of games in now and a few teams are starting to settle but we can’t worry about that too much."

If Leeds - who face Norwich City on Saturday - and Boro both win their next game then the clash at Elland Road on Friday week is far and away the biggest Championship game of the season so far.

The result won't dictate anything in terms of promotion, but it might act as an indicator as to how likely one team is to reach the Premier League.

Matej Vydra of Derby shoots past Aden Flint during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Bristol City at the iPro Stadium on January 19, 2018 in Derby, England.

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