By Harvey Byrne

Former Leeds striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes his old club will finish in the play-offs this season, with both Newcastle and Brighton taking the automatic spots.

The Yorkshire giants are currently positioned in third place with six points separating them from the top two, while the Seagulls also boast a game in hand.

However, they also sit eight points clear of seventh place and seven wins from their last nine league fixtures has seen Leeds elevate up the league.

This has lead to Hasselbaink predicting a high finish for Leeds, but he thinks they will still come short of the automatic promotion places.

“Everything is possible,” started Hasselbaink speaking on Wednesday morning’s Premier League Daily show on Sky Sports News.

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“They are doing really well. He (Garry Monk) has found a way of playing that everybody likes. They’re very consistent as a team and score a lot of goals from set-pieces.

“They don’t give a lot away, while also playing good passing football. He’s playing with a lot of local youngsters, which is what the Leeds fans like.

“I personally don’t think that they’re going to be in the top two. I think the top two will be Brighton and Newcastle. They are seven points away from Newcastle and six from Brighton and Brighton have a game in hand, but I definitely think they’ll be in the play-offs.”

Leeds have entered their 13th year without top flight football after suffering relegation from the Premier League in 2004.

They have endured a number of difficult years on and off the pitch in recent history and even dropped down to the English third tier for three seasons between 2007 and 2010.

They are now on course to finish in the Championship play-offs for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign and Garry Monk’s side are currently far exceeding pre-season expectations.

In other Leeds news, co-owner Andrea Radrizzani has made a promise on the club’s recruitment.

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