Neil Warnock issues highly critical assessment of Leeds' promotion chances
By Amir Mir
Neil Warnock has dismissed Leeds’ chances of earning promotion to the Premier League this season by stating they don’t “convince” him.
Garry Monk’s side are on the verge of securing a play-off spot, with the likelihood that they will come up against two of their Yorkshire rivals.
Both Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield occupy a top-six spot, with Reading the other team amongst the mix.
Automatic hopefuls Brighton and Newcastle are on the verge of securing promotion to the top tier which will leave one more spot for the chasing pack.
Cardiff boss Warnock, who is a boyhood Sheffield United fan, offered this highly critical assessment of Leeds’ chances of earning promotion.
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“I do believe whoever finishes sixth out of Wednesday or Fulham will be the team that goes up in the play-offs,” said Warnock as quoted by the Yorkshire Post.
“I also look at the others and they are not convincing at the moment. Garry Monk and David Wagner have done fantastic jobs but results have been a bit up and down lately – and I just don’t fancy Reading to beat anyone over two legs.”
It has been 13 years since the Whites tasted Premier League football and supporters will be keen to end that drought.
Since arriving at Elland Road in the summer, Monk had done a fantastic job at the club, helping them produce promotion form throughout the season.
The highly-rated Englishmen has done it with a young squad, who will be eager to play top-flight football next term.
Leeds played Premier League giants Liverpool earlier on in the campaign with the Merseyside club knocking Monk’s side out of the EFL Cup.
Jurgen Klopp played a fairly young team during that quarter-final match at Anfield in November with Divock Origi and teenager Ben Woodburn getting on the scoresheet.
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