Tony Pulis has predicted Leeds United will end their 15-year absence from the English top-flight and win the Championship this season.
The Whites have not played in the Premier League since they were relegated in 2004, despite coming close to securing a return last season.
In Marcelo Bielsa’s first term in charge, a late-season slump in form saw Leeds miss out on automatic promotion and subsequently lose to Derby County in the play-offs.
Pulis, who left his job at Middlesbrough in the summer after seeing his side narrowly miss out on the play-offs, told the Telegraph he thought the Whites would go all the way this season.
Asked to predict the Premier League and Championship winners, he said: “I still can’t look beyond Man City, I just think Liverpool will fall short again. Leeds will also do it this year.”
The Yorkshire club have made a positive start to the 2019/20 campaign and are currently third in the table, just three points behind leaders Swansea City.
They lost their place at the top of the Championship to the Swans last weekend after Steve Cooper’s side beat them 1-0 at Elland Road.
Pulis is a very experienced coach, with almost 250 Championship games under his belt, so this is high praise for the Whites.
The 61-year-old got Stoke City promoted to the Premier League in the 2007/08 campaign, so he knows what it takes to make the step up and clearly he likes what he sees in this current Leeds side.
After coming so close last season and with Bielsa having extended his tenure at the Yorkshire club, the pressure is on the Whites to return to the top flight this season.
However, it is early days yet and all of their current focus should be on the meeting with Barnsley at Oakwell next Sunday.