Leeds boss Neil Warnock does not think his side is good enough to win automatic promotion this season.
But he does think they have a chance of ending an eight-year exodus from the top flight via the play-offs.
Warnock said: "If I put my hand on my heart, I don't think we're automatic promotion material.
"That's not me being defeatist, I'm just being realistic about the squad we've got. I'm telling you what I see.
"As far as the play-offs go, I'm optimistic that we'll have as good a chance as most clubs of getting in there.
"You need a bit of luck to finish in the top six and you can't always rely on luck but, first and foremost, you need the players. I'm going into the season with a lot of the players I wanted."
Ten new faces have arrived at Elland Road this summer, with the controversial El-Hadji Diouf expected to be the 11th.
Warnock, who introduced similar sweeping changes before leading QPR to an unexpected Championship title in 2011, added: "We're not the finished article and we do need a couple more players but if I can't sign anyone else before the season starts then I'd still be happy going into it.
"I really mean that. I've got genuine players here and I also know that teams will have to be really good to beat us. Really good."