By Alex Stevens

Stan Collymore has expressed his delight at how Garry Monk has transformed Leeds into promotion challengers.

The broadcaster and pundit has been blow away by how the 37-year-old has dealt so impressively with a shoestring budget and an erratic owner to steer the sleeping giant to fifth in the Championship.

Leeds secured their 11th league win of the campaign, and their sixth in eight matches in the competition, on Tuesday night when they beat third-placed Reading 2-0 at Elland Road.

Former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Collymore took to his personal Twitter account in the aftermath of the match to praise manager Monk for the “fantastic job he’s doing” and revealed that he was “delighted for the lad”.

Collymore is a lifelong Villa fan but that did not stop him from praising the manager of a team who have emerged as rivals for a promotion place this season.

Villa lost 1-0 to Norwich on Tuesday night to remain in 13th place in the table, eight positions behind Leeds.

Monk is now preparing his side to host 14-placed Brentford at Elland Road on Saturday, which is the Yorkshire club’s final match before Christmas.

Leeds will lift their point tally to 38 if they are able to secure a seventh win in nine league matches.

In other Leeds team news, these are the first two signings that incoming new owner Andrea Radrizzani will make in the January transfer window.