Championship history dictates that there is always one team hitting form at the end of the season, squeezing in to a play-off place in the final games and then often going on to win it.
The candidate this season is Leeds United but do they possess the right attributes to push on, earning a return to the Premier League where so many feel they belong?
Currently sitting in 10th, seven points behind the play-off place doesn’t sound good on paper but there are many reasons for Leeds fans to be optimistic.
The manager, Neil Warnock has been there and done it in the Championship. His record in getting teams promoted is impeccable. Spanning the breadth of the Football League, Warnock has managed six clubs to a total of seven promotions.
Whether or not you like him, there is no doubting his credibility in these situation will gives Leeds the best chance of a late surge come the end of the season.
In addition to this, although Leeds sold top scorer Luciano Becchio, to ensure a swap deal for Steve Morison, it could turn out to be a stroke of genius by Warnock.
Morrison is strong player who is good in the air but also an accomplished finisher at this level, as seen with his two goals against Crystal Palace. If Morison can begin to fire in the goals, then he alone could help Leeds to rocket up the table.
Before their weekend defeat to Huddersfield, they were on an unbeaten run of eight games, which looks promising at first but this included five draws. If Leeds were going to push for a top six finish they need to be able to win more of these games, a key example would be the game at Peterborough.
If Leeds are going to push for a top six finish they need to start taking maximum points from a team in the relegation zone. The fact that they were playing away from home is no excuse.
Overall, Leeds definitely have a chance and are the dark horses to reach the play offs. It’s all down to the players on the pitch to make it happen. In terms of their fixture run-in, they only face one team from the top six, Watford, which is coincidently on the last day of the season. If they can stop drawing and learn how to win games, suddenly momentum is with them, coupled with their fans and player belief this could push them over the line to a top six finish.
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