By Wayne Veysey

11th Mar, 2017 | 4:53pm

Ray Wilkins delivers verdict on Leeds, shares what has been exceptional

By Harry Sykes

Ray Wilkins has praised Leeds manager Garry Monk for the “exceptional” managerial job he has done this season.

The former Swansea boss has transformed the Yorkshire giants from mid-table mediocrities into genuine promotion candidates on a budget dwarfed by those of his rivals.

Leeds maintained their promotion push with a 0-0 draw against QPR on Saturday, which stretched their unbeaten run to six matches and keeps them at fourth in the Championship table.

Former England international Wilkins, who is also a highly experienced coach, has been impressed by what he has seen this season from Leeds but does not expect them to secure automatic promotion.

“I’ve got to say, the job Garry Monk’s been doing with the Leeds boys has been quite exceptional,” said Wilkins, as quoted by the BBC Radio Leeds live matchday blog (Saturday, 2.55pm). “They’re looking very strong indeed.

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“I think the two at the top are a little bit too strong. There’s a massive Yorkshire bias in there, I’ve got to say, with Huddersfield in there and doing exceptionally well.

“I do see the top two going automatically, but [there will be] some wonderful play off games as well, as there’s a lot of good sides that have really come into the fore at this moment in time.”

Leeds remain well placed to secure the top-six finish that would guarantee them a place in the play-offs.

Defeats for fifth-placed Reading and sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday enabled Monk’s side to consolidate their place at fourth in the table.

But they remain a distant 11 points drift of both leaders Newcastle, despite their shock 3-1 home defeat to Fulham on Saturday, and Brighton in second.

In other Leeds team news, the club are to pounce and re-sign a 23-year-old after a £10million transfer is all but sealed.

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