Leeds United manager Steve Evans has said he will make the club promotion contenders by this time last year.

Evans was appointed as the Leeds boss back in November and there has been an upturn in form, with some suggesting the West Yorkshire side may now be dark horses for promotion.

But recently Leeds have been brought back down to Earth with a bump due to their lack of scoring ability. At Elland Road Leeds have only scored 12 times in 16 games, meaning fans have to wait two hours on average to have something to cheer.

But Evans remains upbeat ahead of their match against Fulham and has insisted he will make the club into contenders for promotion. He also took the time to blast Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka, saying he will be able to do what he did in a third of the time and a fraction of the budget.

Talking ahead of the game against Fulham, Evans told the Yorkshire Post: “It’s far from over and let me say why I think it’s far from over.”

“Aitor Karanka, I think, is a good manager but he has had six windows to build that squad. I’m going to do it for the Leeds United public in two windows.”

“But why has the season not finished? Because we are still trying to recruit and we have to make decisions on people now, not when pre-season comes. Too late.”

“You don’t build a squad in July and start telling your supporters in the second week in August ‘I’m two players away’. Too late. You have to have your squad in place.”

“It’s a big test for us against Fulham but we are at home. We need to score goals to win games, and what’s going to happen between now and the end of the season is people are going to get opportunities and play in the team. They either grab them, or they are just not part of my plan.”