By Neil Champney

7th Jun, 2020 | 7:04am

Josh Warrington outlines 'only fear' about Leeds promotion push

Ardent Leeds United fan Josh Warrington has claimed that his “only fear” about the Whites’ promotion push is that they will be facing a number of clubs have something to fight for in the run-in.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men are top of the table as the Championship gears up for a return later this month, and find themselves seven points clear of the play-off places too.

With nine games remaining, Leeds have just one top eight club left to play, but will come up against relegation-threatened Charlton Athletic, Luton Town, Barnsley and Stoke City between now and the end of the season.

And IBF world featherweight champion Warrington has admitted that the prospect of squaring up against those sides makes him a little nervous.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “It’s looking positive but my only fear is that Leeds will be facing teams looking to get in the play-offs or survive relegation.

“Like us, they will have had a rest and will be up for the fight.”

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Warrington’s fears are understandable because we’re pretty sure that everybody associated with the Whites are feeling them too.

But while we get what he’s saying about playing teams who have something to fight for, perhaps we can take some solace from the fact that – on paper at least – Leeds have the easiest run-in of any of their promotion rivals.

According to the Mirror, the average league position of the teams that the Whites will have to face over the course of their final nine matches is 14.6th.

That’s the lowest, and therefore best, average of any other side in the top seven.

The suspension in play has been far from ideal for obvious reasons, but Bielsa’s men were riding a wave of five successive league wins prior to the break, and if they can hit the ground running again later this month, we should have nothing to worry about.

In other Leeds United news, Former Whites player claims he ‘would have liked to work’ with Bielsa more than he did.