David Norris is backing Leeds United for promotion to the Premier League this season, with the former Elland Road midfielder also admitting that he’s been surprised by the Whites’ fast start to the current campaign.
Leeds fell away in last season’s promotion race in dramatic fashion over April and May, which led to many – including Norris – believing there would be a hangover heading into 2019/20.
However, Marcelo Bielsa’s side have flown out of the traps and have 10 points from the opening four fixtures of the season – an identical record to 12 months ago.
Football League World’s Chief Editor, Sam Rourke, caught up with Norris this week to discuss Leeds and whether he fancied them for promotion.
The 38-year-old stated: “I do (fancy Leeds for promotion), but I was a bit surprised they started as well, I wasn’t too sure if there was going to be a little bit of a hangover from last year.
“Such was the expectation and the way it fell away last year, and the disappointment, I wasn’t sure if there would be a little bit of a hangover.
“I thought they might start slow and kick on, but they’ve started strong and that was a great result last night (against Brentford). I thought that was a potential banana-skin.”
That win over Brentford came on Wednesday evening, with Eddie Nketiah stepping off the bench to score the game’s only goal in the 81st minute.
Bielsa’s side now head to Stoke City this weekend top of the table, and it is around there that Norris is expecting his former side to be in May.
He concluded: “I’m a little bit surprised (by the start) but I’m fully expecting them to be in and around those challenging positions – top two, top three, top-four.”