Andy Hinchcliffe has said that he thinks Leeds United are the “strongest team in the Championship” and expects the club to be promoted at the end of the season.
Leeds narrowly missed out on a return to the Premier League last term after being beaten in the play-off semi-finals by Derby County, in what was a sour end to Marcelo Bielsa‘s first campaign with the side.
Speaking to Sky Sports, however, Hinchcliffe – who has again been impressed by Leeds this term – said that the Elland Road club will secure a top-two spot in the second tier to finally secure a Premier League return.
“For me Leeds are the strongest team in the Championship and are a lot better than last season,” the pundit said. “It is as simple as that. Their performance at Bristol City on the opening day of the Championship was one of the best away displays I’ve seen in the Championship. They absolutely dominated them.
“I wondered which way it would go with Leeds after what happened last season. They could tire again towards the end of the campaign but right now they look stronger than ever. Everyone know their roles and they look a year wiser under Marcelo Bielsa. They could easily have won every single game they have played.
“Patrick Bamford has a few this season and Pablo Hernandez remains a key player, but Eddie Nketiah and Helder Costa – who are being eased in – will both eventually have a key role to play in making them more clinical.”
In other Leeds news, it has been confirmed that two first-teamers have joined Kalvin Phillips in signing new deals with the club.
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