By Michael Brown

26th Apr, 2020 | 6:21pm

Exclusive: Brown explains how Leeds can finish in PL top-seven next season

Michael Brown has tipped Leeds United to follow in the footsteps of Sheffield United if promoted this season.

The former Leeds and Spurs midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested Marcelo Bielsa’s side can match their fellow Yorkshire club, who are seventh in their first season back in the Premier League.

United, who sit top of the Championship, are primed to return to the Premier League with a seven-point buffer between themselves and the play-offs.

Second-placed West Brom just a point behind with nine games remaining of the campaign.

Interestingly, neither side has a player in their squad that has scored over 13 goals this season. Patrick Bamford (13) and Hal Robson-Kanu (10) are Leeds’s and West Brom’s top scorers, respectively.

When asked by Football Insider if either side would be concerned by those numbers, Brown said: “They have done it with nobody getting a hatful of goals, a 25-goal goalscorer but this is where you come back to the manager.

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“It is about the whole cog, how to grind teams down and believes in the team and that is what he has done. That hard work, that success and the style of play has leaned itself towards that.

“I think what is great for Leeds United is that they are playing such an attacking style, they want to control possession. I think the Premier League will suit that style.

“We have seen it with Sheffield United. They have gone up and done well and I think Leeds could do the same.” 

History suggests promoted teams often have a free firing forward in their ranks.

Billy Sharp (23) and Teemu Pukki (29) firing Sheffield United and Norwich, respectively, to automatic promotion in the 2018/19 campaign.

However, barring an incredible end to the season, the Whites and Baggies stand to gain promotion with a spread of goals across their teams.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that Wolves are set to offer club player with 118 Premier League appearances this summer.