Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes Leeds could return to the Premier League within two seasons.
After relegation from the top flight in 2004, Leeds are currently in League One but take a break from their promotion campaign this weekend by facing Spurs at White Hart Lane tonight in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
"They are a big club, with crowds of 30,000," said Redknapp. "They have a great chance of coming up and Simon Grayson has done a great job there.
"They could go through a league next year and it could carry them into the Premier League easily. They could be back where they were."
Redknapp expects Simon Grayson's side to offer a stern challenge this evening. Aaron Lennon will miss the tie against his former club as he has a groin injury, but another ex-Elland Road winger, Danny Rose, could make his first start for Spurs.
"I loaned him out to Peterborough earlier this year but his attitude has changed, he's worked hard and he's got terrific ability," said Redknapp.
Rose's opportunity could be interpreted as a blow for David Bentley, with Redknapp hinting at the winger struggling in training. "He is here and he has to work hard to get in the team," Redknapp said. "That is all I ask them to do, come in every day and train hard.
"They have a fantastic living so it is not a lot to ask. Come in every day and train hard and show a good attitude."
Attitude is not a problem he finds with Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar, who has been ahead of Bentley in the pecking order while Lennon has been sidelined. "Niko works hard, trains hard and never gives a minute's problem -- no attitude," Redknapp said. "Luka Modric is the same. That is what I enjoy about still being in football, players who come in every day and train and play well. That is really what keeps me going in it."
Ledley King is set to be rested, while fellow defenders Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Jonathan Woodgate both have groin problems.
Redknapp is looking at Palermo's Simon Kjaer to bolster numbers at the back but has not made a bid, and he is also an admirer of Juventus's Giorgio Chiellini. The Spurs boss described his interest in Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra as "not a priority" now Jamie O'Hara has returned from his loan at Portsmouth.
Leeds defender Ben Parker, meanwhile, is backing team-mate Jermaine Beckford to hog the headlines and shoot down another big gun when Simon Grayson's side look to repeat their third-round heroics at Tottenham.
Since Beckford's searing pace allowed him to squeeze home a shock winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier this month, there has been endless speculation over the 26-year-old's future.
Newcastle have had three bids, the latest understood to be £1.5m, turned down and, although Beckford has withdrawn a transfer request, it has been reported he has signed a pre-contract agreement with Everton with a view to becoming their player once his Leeds deal runs out at the end of the season.
Grayson has still not ruled out the possibility of persuading Beckford to sign a new deal in the summer, while Parker revealed it was business as usual for the former Wealdstone forward.
Of Lennon, who has been ruled out of today's game with a groin injury, Parker said: I just wish him all the best really. He's a great player along with Robbie Keane and Jonathan Woodgate.
"But we can't single those players out, they've got a whole team full of internationals. Their squad is fantastic, so it will be another big test for us."
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