Tony Cascarino insists Leeds United are not playing like promotion contenders.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 on Saturday, their second win in a row, but Cascarino does not believe they are in the same form as rivals Sheffield United and Norwich City.
The Whites are currently third, level on points with second-placed Sheffield United and two behind leaders Norwich.
They are four points ahead of West Brom after their victory this weekend, given to them by goals from Patrick Bamford – replacing the injured Kemar Roofe – and Ezgjan Alioski, but Cascarino is not convinced they are at their best.
“Well, they lost their centre-forward, Kemar Roofe, [that] is an issue,” he said.
“I’d agree [that they are vulnerable]. I think their form, certainly of late, has been indifferent.
“They don’t look like a team that is fighting for the top of the table.
“They go to QPR in midweek – they are a side that is keeping their noses and matching everybody around them. I actually think the two teams around them are in much better form (Sheffield United and Norwich).”
The hallmark of a good team is the ability to grind out wins and Leeds have been doing just that.
They have not been at their best, but successive 2-1 victories over Swansea City and Bolton have kept them in contention at the top of the table.
For Cascarino to claim that they are not in the same form as the Blades and the Canaries, after sealing another victory, is bizarre at best and foolish at worst, and Leeds supporters have a right to be upset by it.
He should know that every team goes through peaks and troughs throughout the season, and they are ultimately judged on how they deal with them.
Leeds look as though they are weathering their current storm, and will surely return to top form soon enough – at the most important stage of the campaign.