By Harry Sykes

Alvin Martin has claimed Leeds United are the best side he’s seen in the Championship for a “long time”.

Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp claimed he heart the West Ham legend make the hugely flattering assessment of Thomas Christiansen’s team recently on the radio.

The Midlands club travel to Elland Road for Tuesday night’s Championship showdown following four successive defeats in league and cup.

By contrast, Leeds have flown out of the blocks and are unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions, culminating in Saturday’s 5-0 demolition of Burton Albion.

United are second in the Championship after finishing seventh last season following a final-month collapse that denied them a place in the top six.

“They were good last year and just missed out on the play-offs,” Redknapp said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail. “They fell away in the last couple of games. They have a good squad and it’s a massive club – 33,000 I think were there Saturday.

“One of the big clubs in the country in my opinion. It’s a tough game, they’re very good.

“I heard Alvin Martin talking the other week on the radio and he felt they were the best side he’d seen for a long time in the Championship.

“They’re a good team, but we’re a good team as well. We’ve got to go there tomorrow and look forward to it. It’s always a great place to go and play football.”

Leeds are seeking their fourth consecutive win after triumphs against Sunderland, Nottingham Forest and Burton.

Nevertheless, Martin’s assessment is an astonishing one, given that the season is only six matches old and Leeds make 16 new signing this summer, including key ones who have yet to bed in properly such as Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Mateusz Klich.

In other Leeds United news, a top-flight striker with an excellent goals record has revealed he wants to permanently move to Elland Road next year.

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