By Neil Champney

12th Jul, 2020 | 11:41am

Colin Murray and Kevin Phillips issue Leeds PL verdict, claim something is 'starting to fade'

The doubts are “really starting to fade” over whether Leeds United will be able to secure a return to the Premier League this summer, according to Colin Murray and Kevin Phillips.

The Whites steamrollered Stoke City in midweek, taking the Potters apart to the tune of a 5-0 win.

That result left Marcelo Bielsa’s men needing a maximum of seven points from their last four matches, with Swansea City next up on Sunday afternoon.

And Murray and Phillips are optimistic about their prospects.

Speaking on EFL on Quest (July 11th, 9pm), Murray said: “The doubts are really starting to fade around Elland Road as Leeds march on towards the Premier League.

“If Leeds beat Swansea, in Swansea, are they Premier League?”

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Phillips responded: “For me, yeah.

“I can’t see any slip-ups.

“It’ll be difficult because Swansea can jump into the play-offs, but I don’t see any slip-ups.”

Nobody associated with Leeds are counting their chickens before they’ve hatched, but the midweek win over Stoke was perhaps the surest indicator yet that the Whites are on the cusp of the Premier League.

In many respects, this was the best result of the season to date.

This was the first time that Leeds have scored five in the league this term, and only the second time that they recorded an xG higher than 3.0, according to Wyscout.

Maintaining that momentum is easier said than done, of course, but Bielsa’s boys are looking irresistible at the moment, and if they can get past Swansea, it’s hard to imagine them slipping up from there.

Nothing is written in stone, but there are plenty of reasons for cautious optimism.

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