By Will Butcher

Andy Ritchie has sensationally claimed that Leeds can finish the Championship season in the top six.

Ritchie, 55, believes that the Yorkshire giants could defy the odds by finishing in the playoffs after picking up five wins in eight league and cup encounters.

Writing in his Yorkshire Evening Post column, Ritchie claimed that Leeds can finish in the top six if they maintain a degree of consistency throughout the season under Garry Monk.

“I think Garry is probably doing better than he thought at Leeds,” Ritchie wrote in his Yorkshire Evening Post column.

“They are ahead of schedule and I think they can sneak into the playoffs, definitely. From what I have seen, they have got the players to do just that. It’s just getting that consistency.”

Monk’s side are currently sitting in 13th position, after Tuesday night’s last-gasp draw against Relegation threatened Wigan following a late equaliser in the 91st minute.

Former Swansea boss Monk will be hoping to give weight to Ritchie’s claims, starting at Molineux with three points against Walter Zenga’s out-of-form Wolves side.

A win could see Leeds move on to 19 points and to within touching distance of the Championship’s top six if results go their way, with Lee Johnson’s sixth placed Bristol City on 20.

Ritchie played for Leeds for four years between 1983 and 1987, scoring 44 goals in 159 league and cup appearances as well as playing for rivals Manchester United, Brighton and Oldham.

In other Leeds news, fans have called on Monk to drop this out-of-form attacker against Saturday’s opponents.