By Harvey Byrne
Garry Monk has backed Leeds striker Chris Wood after he was jeered by sections of the fanbase in the team’s 2-1 defeat against Birmingham on Saturday.
Wood started in a two-pronged attack with Marcus Antonsson but failed to get on the scoresheet for the second consecutive league match.
Fans of the Yorkshire giants were clearly disgruntled and they voiced their opinions by booing the New Zealand international as he was substituted at the hour mark.
However, Monk voiced his support for the striker on Monday in a pre-match press conference ahead of the club’s tie against Fulham on Tuesday evening.
“Chris is a real talent. It’s for us to help him put his talent on the pitch,” said the former Swansea boss, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post writer Lee Sobot on his personal Twitter account.
Wood moved to Leeds from Leicester City in the summer of 2015 and last month the forward said he can be an important player for the club as he targets a big goal tally for Garry Monk’s side.
“All things considered it was a good return… I can do better, though, and I know I can be the leading striker here. I’m looking forward to proving that this season,” Wood told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“You need both, goals and a defence which keeps clean sheets, but everyone knows that goals are important in this league. Everyone wants one (a 20-goal striker) and that’s what I think I’m capable of.”
A succession of hamstring injuries meant the Leeds forward missed up to three months of action last season, but despite this he finished as the club’s top scorer with 13 goals.
The 24-year-old notched up 22 goals for Leicester in the Championship before his move to Yorkshire.
Wood was recently on international duty with New Zealand at the OFC Nations Cup where he guided his home country to the finals of the tournament.
In other Leeds team news, Monk has revealed that Gaetano Berrardi could be sidelined until October.