By Dominic Toner
David Prutton believes that Leeds should be aiming for the play-off positions this season and expects them to overcome Rotherham.
The Whites face an away match on Saturday in the Championship and will be looking to bounce back from the 2-0 defeat against Newcastle.
Garry Monk will be without regular defender Pontus Jansson against Rotherham as he serves a one-match ban for picking up five yellow cards this season.
Leeds are currently seventh-placed in the table and will be favourites against the league’s bottom side Rotherham, who are already 11 points adrift of safety.
Sky Sports pundit Prutton predicts Monk’s side to win the game 2-1 and claims they must be be pursuing a top six finish.
“With Leeds having seen the benchmark that Newcastle set, and having worked on the training ground, I think you’ll see a Leeds side that want to get back into that top six,” Prutton wrote in his Sky Sports column. “For a club of that stature, top six is what they should be aiming for this season.”
Leeds slipped out of the play-off positions with the defeat to league leaders Newcastle, but they are only a point behind Norwich in sixth.
The club’s supporters are growing in confidence of a return to the top-flight after a recent run of positive results.
The Whites had won three consecutive league games before the Newcastle loss and are intent on looking upwards this season.
Monk has taken his time to settle after his summer appointment at Elland Road and is now beginning to pick a settled starting XI.
The manager could have one eye on Tuesdays’ EFL Cup quarter-final tie against Liverpool at Anfield, with Leeds’ fans hopefully of causing an upset.
In other Leeds news, Chris Wood has delivered his verdict on the team and sent a warning to their rivals.