Former Leeds United midfielder David Prutton has explained what he thinks could be to blame if the Whites miss out on promotion to the Premier League.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men have won five games in a row and are strong contenders to finish in an automatic promotion spot in the Championship.

The Whites have managed to churn out results at will since the defeat to West Brom last month and are hoping to make sure they are top on Christmas Day by beating Aston Villa on Sunday.

Prutton sees no reason why Leeds should not be confident of promotion, but if it does not happen, he believes that there will be a clear cause.

He believes that a reliance on Kemar Roofe scoring goals, on Pablo Hernandez providing assists and Patrick Bamford needing to produce, may mean Leeds struggle if the trio do not fire.

“What may stop Leeds achieving promotion could be inconsistency and their own vulnerability if Kemar Roofe stops scoring, if Hernandez doesn’t provide the assists or if Patrick Bamford doesn’t hit the ground running which he has done so far, Prutton wrote in his column for the Yorkshire Evening Post.

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“But looking in from the outside, there’s absolutely no reason why they shouldn’t go on and achieve their goal.”

The team top of the Championship table on Christmas Day have gone up in 14 of the last 15 seasons and the Whites will be keen to make sure they are there when the presents are unwrapped.