Ledley King fancies Leeds United to seal Premier League promotion

Tottenham Hotspur legend Ledley King believes Leeds United are strong favourites to return to the Premier League, should they maintain their form through the festive period. The west Yorkshire outfit have transformed themselves into frontrunners for promotion under Marcelo Bielsa and they were temporarily at the top of the standings over the weekend before Norwich City leapfrogged them to the summit.

Speaking after the club’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United, King was pleased with the progress made by the club under the guidance of Bielsa and feels the team could return to the top-flight for the first time since 2004 next season, he said: “Leeds were temporarily top of the Championship after their 1-0 win over Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United. Marco Bielsa’s side have looked impressive this season and if the can maintain their form after Christmas, we could be welcoming Leeds back to the Premier League next summer.”

Bielsa’s team made a quick start to proceedings in the Championship this term and they were holding the top position firmly between last August and early October. However, they thereafter experienced a drop in form which saw them drop up to fourth but that run did not last for long with Bielsa managing to propel the club once more to the automatic promotion positions.

Leeds suffered a rather disappointing 4-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion before the recent international break and they have since excelled with three victories on the bounce without conceding a goal. Next up, they are scheduled to face Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road and the game could be a tricky prospect for them, given the west London side have managed to score an average of two goals in each of their previous four matches. The Rangers come into the game holding the 11th position after the disappointing 3-2 defeat to Hull City.