Birmingham City’s progress has gone rather under the radar of late.
A hard-fought 2-1 win against Reading on Tuesday night, their third in a row, lifted the Blues up to ninth in the Championship table and just one point adrift of Derby County in the final play-off position.
As a result, Garry Monk’s side have thrown their hat into the ring to be a dark horse for a top six finish. And, speaking on Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT (24 October, 9:00am), Monk has named three other teams who have caught his eye in this typically competitive division – including his former employers Leeds United.
“(Form) goes in patches. Leeds had a great start then you’ve got the likes of Stoke, their quality is huge,” said the former Swansea and Middlesbrough manager.
“There’s so many different styles but one thing every single team has is that they’re competitive. Sheffield United have been on a fantastic run, we went there managed to get a draw in a good performance.”
Monk was Leeds manager during the 2016/17 season and his Whites side narrowly missed out on a place in the play-offs after an ill-timed collapse in the final few weeks of the campaign.
The 39-year-old certainly did his reputation amongst the Elland Road support little good when he resigned at the end of his debut campaign; a decision which left owner Andrea Radrizzani - who planned to offer Monk a three-year deal - stunned according to The Guardian.
Monk's Birmingham dealt Leeds their first defeat of the season in September, winning 2-1 at Elland Road thanks to a Che Adams brace.