Leeds ended 2018/19 a disappointing third despite spending most of the season in the automatic promotion positions and eventually missed out on promotion altogether thanks to a dramatic defeat to Derby County in the play-off semi-finals.
Understandably, Marcelo Bielsa’s side are hoping to go one better this time around and they’ve started well enough with four points from two games heading into Saturday’s trip to Wigan Athletic.
And Clotet, who worked as Leeds’ assistant coach in 2016/17 under Garry Monk before replacing the same man in the Birmingham hot seat, has backed the West Yorkshire giants to replicate last season’s finish in the upper reaches of an unpredictable Championship.
“That’s one thing that the Championship always is, competitive," said Clotet, while also backing Midland rivals West Bromwich Albion for a positive campaign.
"We never know, I do think West Brom will finish in the play-offs and I do think Leeds will finish around there as well.”
Leeds will certainly need to improve if they are to avoid the mistakes that cost them a long-awaited return to the Premier League in the spring.
Despite dominating possession as expected against Nottingham Forest, Leeds look worryingly over reliant on the mercurial genius of 34-year-old Pablo Hernandez at the heart of their midfield.
The likes of Jack Harrison, Gianni Alioski and Mateusz Klich in particular are under pressure to start creating more chances from open play.
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