By David Woods

2nd Sep, 2020 | 11:52am

'Watch out for Leeds' – talkSPORT pundit makes 'surprise' claim about 20/21 Premier League

Leeds United are looking for consolidation this season and would surely be happy with a mid-table finish in their first season back in the Premier League for over 16 years. 

talkSPORT pundit Micky Gray is a bit more excited about Leeds’ prospects.

In a clip that’s even got Leeds fans scratching their heads, Gray has said that Leeds will be the “surprise package” next season.

He was discussing who would end in the top four and claim the Champions League spots for the 21/22 season.

Talking on the Sports Bar show on Tuesday, Gray said, “What I will say now off the top of my head, there’s one place [in the top four] left.

“Liverpool, City, Chelsea… Arsenal have strengthened, looked really good against Liverpool, won the FA Cup, played very well against Chelsea. They ain’t going away.

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“Tottenham are getting stronger but I don’t know if they’re strong enough, Everton will be knocking on the door, I don’t think they’re good enough.

“Watch out for Leeds United I swear, they’re going to be the surprise package.”

We’ll take 10th

Let’s get one thing straight first. We don’t think Leeds are going to finish in the top four in the Premier League next season.

It would be a feat up there with Leicester winning the Premier League, although that proved that strange things can still happen at the highest level in football.

The bookies certainly don’t think it’s going to happen. They’ve got Leeds at 25/1 to finish in the top four, with nine teams ahead of them (Man City, Liverpool, Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, Everton, Leicester and Wolves).

Andrea Radrizzani said he wanted to follow the Sheffield United model but the bookies fancy Leeds above Chris Wilder’s side this season.

Tenth spot would be a brilliant finish for Leeds and would give the club a solid springboard to aim higher.

Champions League qualification is in the next step of Radrizzani’s plan – which is three-to-five years away.

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