By Will Butcher

Leeds must win five more Championship games from their remaining 12 fixtures if they are to secure a place in this season’s play-offs, according to a reliable journalist.

The Yorkshire giants currently sit in a lofty fourth position after manager Garry Monk has masterminded a turnaround in form following a dismal start to the 2016-17 campaign.

The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay replied to Press Association reporter Wayne Gardiner on his personal Twitter account, stating that “four or five more wins” will see Leeds qualify for the top six.

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Leeds’ resurgent form has seen them defy pre-season expectations by climbing to the top end of England’s second tier, despite speculation surrounding manager Monk earlier this season.

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The Times reported in September that Massimo Cellino had grown tired of Monk after just nine games in charge, but the former Swansea boss has since orchestrated his side’s glittering form.

Sitting nine points off the automatic promotion places with 12 games left to go, Hay believes a points tally between 72 and 74 points will be enough.

Still to come for Leeds this season are promotion rivals Newcastle, Brighton and Reading, while the Whites also face relegation candidates Burton, Wolves and Wigan.

Leeds are next in action on Friday night in front of the television cameras, as they travel to St. Andrew’s Stadium to face Gianfranco Zola’s Birmingham City.

In other Leeds news, Marco Silvestri has posted this verdict on Instagram after being named in the EFL Cup’s Team of the Year.

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