By Danny Wright

8th Dec, 2017 | 8:45am

Sky Sports pundit makes brutally honest claim about Leeds squad

Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has claimed that the Leeds United squad has nowhere near the depth to be able to launch a late assault on the Championship play-off spots this season.

Leeds lie eighth in the table after seemingly rescuing their season with seven points out of the last 12 available.

Thomas Christiansen had led the Whites to top the table in September but a rotten run of form between then and mid-November saw them slide down the standings, all but ending any hopes of an automatic promotion spot as Wolves, Cardiff and Sheffield United started to take control.

Now, former Leeds midfielder Prutton has suggested that Christiansen would be happy to see his side finish where they currently are in the Championship table, however he has given a brutally honest assessment of the Elland Road squad and how it won’t be able to cope with a late charge up the standings.

“The players look like they’re with Christiansen and he’s managed to keep the season afloat,” he said on the Yorkshire Evening Post website.

“All in all, I think he’d take the league as it stands after 20 matches.”

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He added: “At this stage, Leeds don’t need to be storming into the top six, but they need to stay close and, if I’m being honest, I don’t think the depth of their squad would allow for a desperate charge at the last minute.

“We’re still at the point where there’s hope rather than outright expectation of the club making the play-offs.”

Leeds can move up to seventh this weekend if results go their way and they earn a win against lowly QPR, who have failed to win in any of their last five fixtures.

The Whites travel to Loftus Road though knowing that they haven’t won their since 2011 when Max Gradel and Ross McCormack were on the scoresheet.

In other Leeds United news, Prutton has also given a bold prediction about this weekend’s clash with QPR.

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