Ashton backs Leeds to take advantage of mini-break

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Leeds United’s mini-break from Championship action could serve them well in the promotion race, Quest pundit Dean Ashton has told Football League World.

Leeds were not involved in the fixtures over the weekend and will have had a rest of 1o days by the time they take on Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

What’s he said?

Leeds are currently third in the Championship but they are level on points with Sheffield United, on whom they have a game in hand, and only two behind leaders Norwich City.

And Ashton, speaking to Football League World, has backed Leeds to take advantage of an impromptu rest.

He said: “I think if you were to give all the teams at the top the chance to have 10 days break they would all snap your hand off.

“At this time of the season where you’ve come through Christmas, it’s a difficult period I think it could make a huge difference.

“You’re still going to have to play that game later on down the line but at this moment in time it could give the boost you need and the recovery they need to push on until the end of the season.

“There’s time for any niggling injuries that you carry to settle down. I can see both sides but it could be quite important for them to have a break to try and settle those injuries down.”

Leeds have the advantage

Sheffield United played Reading over the weekend, while Norwich met Bolton. Leeds, meanwhile, sat pretty at home.

Promotion is so often a game of fine margins and Ashton is right to call attention to the break Marcelo Bielsa’s men have had.

They have the opportunity to get back on the field against Bolton this week – Norwich beat the Trotters 4-0 on Saturday – and start to make up that gap to the leaders.

Both of the clubs ahead of them will be watching on with interest, and they will likely see a completely fresh XI gunning for goals and three vital points.

If Leeds are promoted, they may well pinpoint this rest period as a key moment.