By Dominic Toner

James Beattie claims that Leeds have made small improvements since the start of the season.

Garry Monk was appointed the Whites manager in the summer and endured a poor start to his tenure, picking up just one point from his opening three league games.

The Yorkshire club have since climbed the Championship table and are currently sixth-placed.

Leeds’ first-team coach Beattie, who also joined in the summer, believes that the team has progressed in recent weeks and must remain at a high standard.

“We’ve made small steps and minor improvements and I think everybody can see that,” Beattie said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account. “The hard work starts now and to be able to sustain performances where they are at and improve on them.

“We’ve got a group now that we’ve been with since the start of the season and there has been improvements, but there is a long way to go.”

Beattie moved to Elland Road under Monk and is well recognised in English football for being a top goal scorer during his playing career.

Leeds currently have their own goal machine who is inspiring them, with New Zealand international Chris Wood emerging as the club’s first-choice striker this season.

The 24-year-old has has scored an impressive 11 goals in his 19 appearances across all competitions this campaign.

He netted during the 3-2 away victory against Norwich on Sunday and helped the Whites move into the play-off positions.

Monk’s side face table toppers Newcastle after the international break and will be given a real test of their promotion credentials.

In other Leeds news, a report details Massimo Cellino’s latest plan as an exit gathers pace.