Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills has suggested the Whites are the best side in the Championship and that any side that finishes above them will seal automatic promotion this season.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side moved back to the top of the league with a 2-0 win against Barnsley on Sunday, with two goals in the last six minutes to securing the victory.
The win means Leeds have 16 points from seven games and lead Swansea City, who lost to Nottingham Forest 1-0 on Saturday, on goal difference.
Speaking to talkSPORT after the Barnsley game (quotes via Leeds Live), Mills suggested Leeds’ performance showed that there was still room for improvement but claimed that they were the best side in the division.
He said: “I was concerned. It looked like another one of those Leeds game where they were going to dominate possession and create lots of chances.
“They did ride their luck at time and I think Barnsley had a real go. It was a little bit feisty but in the end, they managed to get those goals. Eddie Nketiah coming off the bench.
He added: “If you finish above Leeds, you get automatic promotion. I think Leeds are the best side in the Championship.
“They have improved their squad on last season but they have to go out there and prove it.
“It’s all right being the best squad on paper but they have to prove it week in and week out.
“They have got to start putting the ball in the back of the net a little bit easier. They haven’t done that a few times this season, against Swansea and Forest.
“They have come a cropper with silly little mistakes but they have to put games to bed quicker.”
At this point, it is really tough to disagree with Mills and it is hard to highlight a better side than the Whites in the Championship this season.
Even in the two games in which they have dropped points, Bielsa’s side have been dominant and it has taken some resolute defensive performances to deny them.
No side has conceded as few goals as the Whites this season and only Bristol City and Preston North End have scored more.
As Mills suggests, there is room for improvement but it is tough to see who will finish above them at this point.