By Dominic Toner

James Beattie believes that Leeds forward Chris Wood still has a lot more to offer this season.

Beattie, who is the first-team coach at Elland Road, has urged Wood to continue his good form and improve as a player.

Wood, 24, has been in impressive touch in front of goal this campaign and has netted seven goals in just 13 games across all competitions.

Beattie claims that the striker should be tearing team apart and can improve on his start.

“Everybody’s seen a good improvement but Chris Wood at this level should be destroying teams,” Beattie told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “He’s so physically strong; a beast, really. Of course there are areas where he can improve but he sees that himself.

“He’s a very coachable player. There’s a lot more to come from Chris, he’s a really nice lad off the pitch but I think he can be more aggressive on it and you’ve seen a bit more of that recently.

Leeds endured a difficult start to the season with back-to-back league defeats but have recently found top form, winning five of their last six games in all competitions.

Wood has been a crucial part of the success and scored the vital goals in 1-0 victories against Blackburn and Ipswich.

The forward has been condemned by fans in the past for his overall play, but he is silencing the critics with his goal scoring record.

He has made 50 appearances for the Whites since his arrival in 2015, scoring 20 goals and supplying four assists in the process.

The former Leicester striker may have personal ambitions of challenging for the league’s top scorer award and he is currently three goals behind leader Tammy Abraham (eight) of Bristol City.

In other Leeds news, Hadi Sacko has sent a Twitter message ahead of the league meeting with Derby.