Leeds United are currently sitting outside of the Championship automatic places.

Gordon McQueen has claimed that ‘everybody’ thinks Leeds will ‘blow up again’ as they bid to earn promotion to the Premier League. 

The former Manchester United defender, who played at Elland Road during the early part of his career, also claimed that Leeds are the ‘biggest of them all’ in the second tier of English football. 

There are a number of big clubs sitting in the Championship, with former European champions, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa the two other big hitting names.

Nonetheless, McQueen backed his former club to earn promotion via the automatic places alongside current leaders Norwich City. 

“Everybody is saying Leeds will blow up again at the end of the season,” said McQueen, as quoted by Gazette Live. “But I still think they’ll go up automatically – with Norwich. 

“They didn’t play badly against Sheffield United and you can’t judge them on that. Yes, they’ve had injuries and it’s a big blow losing Jansson. He’ll be a big miss because he’s their mainstay at the back. It would be devastating if they missed out – so near and yet so far – but that’s the way it is for all the other clubs.

“There are some big clubs up there and Leeds are the biggest of them all. I was at the home game against Stoke at the start of the season and it was the crowd who won the game for them – they’re unbelievable.”

At this moment in time, the Whites are sitting third in the table after they suffered a damaging home defeat to their promotion rivals Sheffield United prior to the international break. 

Despite that, they are still one point behind the second-placed side as things can change once again over the weekend if they pick up a win at home to Millwall and other results go their way. 

It has been 15 years since Leeds tasted top-flight football, but since Bielsa’s arrival last summer, he has provided them with the best opportunity to break that agonising run. 

If the Yorkshire club don’t finish in the top two then they will have earn promotion via the dreaded play-offs. At this moment in time, West Brom, Middlesbrough and last seasons beaten finalists, Aston Villa occupy the other top-six places. 

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