By Harvey Byrne
Former footballer and manager Gerry Francis believes that Leeds are well in the race to win promotion after their 2-0 victory over Reading on Tuesday evening.
The Yorkshire giants battled to a 2-0 victory over Jaap Stam’s in form side with goals from Chris Wood and Souleymane Doukara at Elland Road.
Leeds finished the match with just 23% of the possession, but Francis believes it is just the way football is played now, mentioning Leicester’s shock title victory last season.
He also believes that manager Garry Monk has changed the club into a consistent performer in the Championship.
“Absolutely,” started Francis on Wednesday morning’s Premier League Daily segment on Sky Sports News, when asked if Leeds had a chance of promotion.
“I think Garry has done a fantastic job there, he’s changed them from being a very inconsistent team, as Stuart (Pearce) says, a lot of outside trouble going on there.
“To a team that even with 23% possession, which doesn’t mean so much certainly this year, as it did last year. Leicester weren’t really able to win the Premier League according to all records, but they did and it’s certainly something which has been happening this year in particular.
“Teams without much possession have been winning games and being at the top of tables. So I think a lot of credit needs to go to him (Monk). It’s a massive club, well supported and certainly they’re having a good run.”
Leeds moved up to fifth place with their victory over the Royals and now just two points separate them from third.
Their next fixture will see them host Brentford at Elland Road, who are currently 14th in the Championship table.
Dean Smith’s side battled to a 1-0 victory over Bristol City on Tuesday and have won their last two matches in the league.
They will provide another stern test to Monk’s side, who are looking to put an end to their 12-year wait for Premier League football.
In other Leeds news, Kemar Roofe shared this message on Twitter after the midweek victory.