Danny Mills is confident his former club Leeds United will finally end their wait for Premier League promotion this season.
And he is insists the club will have no problem selling out Elland Road if they go ahead with plans to extend the stadium capacity to 50,000 when they get back to the top flight.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are third in the Championship and firmly in the hunt for an automatic promotion place once again after their near-miss last season.
Leeds were top last Christmas but suffered a late blip which cost them a place in the top two, and they then crashed out of the play-offs semi-finals to Spygate rivals Derby County.
With Bielsa still at the helm, promotion is again their goal and they currently sit just two points behind league leaders West Brom, although a tight top-half of the table means that sixth place Bristol City are also still in with a shout of an automatic spot.
Mills, though, insists Leeds are good enough to finish up there with the Baggies.
“I’ve said all along, if you finish about Leeds I think you get automatic promotion,” the former Leeds and England defender said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“I can’t see Leeds finishing much further down than third. I think they are one of the best teams in the Championship.
“They play some of the best football and defensively they’ve been absolutely superb. They haven’t quite been clinical enough in front of goal, but they’re still there or thereabouts and I think the experience of last season can drive them on.
“I just hope now that over the festive period, there are a lot of good games and West Brom and Leeds might be able to open up a bit of a gap.”
Mills also says promotion would be great news for fans who are struggling to get tickets to support their team on a regular basis.
Leeds are the best-supported team in the Championship with an average attendance of 35,000 for every home match, according to Transfermarkt.
The current maximum capacity of Elland Road stands at 37,890 it has been claimed the club are planning to extend the stadium to nearer 50,000 if they return to the top flight.
And Mills insists the club will have no problem filling out their home ground if that happens.
“You can’t buy a ticket at Elland Road at the moment,” he added.
“It’s sold out every single week, 35,000-plus, and season tickets have all gone.
“If they got to the Premier League they’re talking about possibly extending the stadium and making it to 50,000.
“They would sell that out in the Premier League week-in week-out, without a shadow of a doubt.”
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