By Harvey Byrne

Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has tipped Leeds to stay in contention in the Championship promotion race this season.

The Yorkshire giants are currently sat in sixth place in England’s second tier, a point above seventh placed Birmingham.

They’re three points away from Huddersfield in third place and with a tough fixture against top of the league Newcastle coming on Sunday they will look at the encounter as the one to prove their talents.

Former Leeds man Prutton already believes that Garry Monk’s side have what it takes to compete with those clubs at the top.

In his column for Sky Sports Prutton said: “They’ve already jumped up to sixth but I’m going to go for Leeds to stay in contention and maybe climb a little bit higher.

“We’ve heard less and less about the off-field issues and more about results on the pitch which is exactly as it should be.

“Garry Monk rode the wave of the initial chaos and he’s done really, really well. It strikes me that if they are in the play-offs when we reach January then the owner has to think it’s worth spending big money in the transfer window.

“Massimo Cellino would love to get to the Premier League and, although maybe he’d bring attention where attention isn’t wanted, it would play to his ego and that’s not always a bad thing. Everybody is motivated by different things.

“They’ve recruited well and now Monk, who I think Swansea would have been well advised to stick with, and his coaching staff are seeing the benefit of that.”

Leeds haven’t played in the Premier League since suffering relegation in 2004 and they have also dropped down to League One during their time away from England’s top flight.

Additionally, the Yorkshire giants haven’t finished haven’t finished as high as the top six of the second tier since the 2005-06 campaign under Kevin Blackwell, where they lost 3-0 against Watford in the final.

They now go into the clash against Newcastle at Elland Road in good form with three victories from their previous three league fixtures.

In other Leeds news, Pontus Jansson delivered a Twitter message ahead of the Newcastle clash.