David Prutton has boldly claimed that Leeds United can still finish second in the Championship this season and earn automatic promotion to the Premier League.

After a brilliant start to the campaign, Leeds were top of the table in September but a dire run of form saw them slump all the way down to 10th place by mid-November.

However Thomas Christiansen has managed to pick his squad up in recent weeks and the Whites are now unbeaten in their last six after Boxing Day’s 2-1 win over Burton.

Now, going into their clash with bottom side Birmingham at St Andrew’s on Saturday, Sky Sports pundit Prutton believes that Leeds still have what it takes to launch an assault on the top two in the second half of the season.

Although he admits it will be a very tough ask to topple Wolves from their perch.

“Leeds are now five points behind the automatic promotion places and I think that they can claw back that deficit,” he said on the Yorkshire Evening Post website.

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“We have seen how good leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers have been and we see how close it is for second place now between Bristol City and Cardiff City.

“If it was a five-point gap with five games to play that would be different but five points at the turn of the year is infinitely ‘doable’.”

After their comeback win against Burton on Tuesday, Leeds are now fifth in the Championship table and five points behind the automatic promotion spots.

Lee Johnson’s Bristol City are currently second while Neil Warnock’s Cardiff are level on points in third.

Derby are sat in fourth and three points clear of Leeds, however their superior goal difference means that Christiansen’s side may find it tough to move up a spot this weekend.

In other Leeds United news, a seven-figure bid has been confirmed for this 21-goal striker wanted by the Whites.

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