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19th Dec, 2016 | 12:27pm

Sky Sports pundit delivers Leeds verdict, points out disappointing start

By Harvey Byrne

Sky Sports pundit Phil Babb believes that Leeds are only going to get better as they nestle in the Championship play-off spots.

The Yorkshire giants are currently sat in fifth place in England’s second tier with just four points separating third from seventh.

However, it hasn’t been plain sailing for the club and after six matches they were placed in 22nd with four losses, one draw and one victory.

This brought reports that Garry Monk’s job at the club was on the line given Massimo Cellino’s ruthless nature.

But, a swift turnaround which has swiftly elevated Leeds up the league has kept the former Swansea man in his job with Premier League football now firmly in his sights.

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Former Liverpool ace Babb hailed Monk’s ability to get the club up the league after stating that he would have been in fear that his position was in doubt earlier ion the campaign.

“I think it’s a fantastic achievement by Garry Monk,” started Babb speaking on Monday morning’s Sky Sports Premier League Daily show. ”

“At the start of the season results weren’t going their way. He was in fear of his role as manager, but somehow he’s galvanised them. It’s four wins out of five games now for Leeds and they’re the team that have gone on a run now cementing themselves in the play-off positions. I just think they’re going to get better.”

Leeds have now lost four matches in their last 16 league fixtures, winning an impressive 11 of them and drawing just one.

They are currently exceeding pre-season expectations by a long way, but the Christmas period does bring difficult away ties at both Preston and Aston Villa in the space of three days.

The automatic promotion spots look well out of Leeds’ reach with Brighton and Newcastle running away with the top two spots, but fans will be overjoyed with a play-off placing at the season’s end.

In other Leeds news, the club must sign this commanding ace in the winter window.