Paul Robinson has told FansBet that he has changed his mind over Leeds' chances of promotion, and reckons Marcelo Bielsa's side stand a strong chance of being in the mix come the end of the season.
Leeds currently sit in third place in the Championship table after a very strong start under the Argentine manager, but have since won only two of their last eight league and cup outings.
The Whites have suffered a handful of injuries of late, with the likes of Pablo Hernandez, Kemar Roofe, Patrick Bamford, Gaetano Berardi and Barry Douglas all being forced to watch on from the sidelines.
But Hernandez, Roofe and Berardi are closing in on a return and Robinson believes that his former side stand a chance of finally returning to the Premier League - 14 years after they suffered relegation to the Championship.
"I didn’t see Leeds as being in with a chance of promotion at the start of the season, but I now think they’ve got a real opportunity to," Robinson said.
"They’ve picked up some good results however, the performances of late haven’t been as they were at the start of the season – but we’re still looking good.
"This year I have been down to Elland Road quite regularly to watch a lot of games, and when looking at Bielsa one thing that strikes me is that his teams in the past have got a history of tailing off in the last two or three months of the season, because he demands so much from the players and the high tempo that they are expected to play.
"It will be interesting to see how the season plays out."
Robinson was part of the side that were relegated to England's second tier in 2004, and the club have remained outside of England's top flight since including a short stint in the third tier.
Leeds are next in action against Blackburn Rovers after the international break, as they travel to Lancashire to face Tony Mowbray's newly-promoted side in the lunchtime kick-off on October 20.
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