By Joe Nelson
There is an unusual air of optimism around Elland Road at this moment in time, largely thanks to the team’s three Championship wins on the bounce.
The 1-0 win over Ipswich lifted the Whites into 12th place in the Championship table, and has given Garry Monk a good platform to build from in the coming weeks.
Monk clearly stated that he wanted to implement his style of play on United after being appointed as manager and the pessimism of the early weeks of the campaign is being brushed away.
Here are three things we learned over the weekend during Leeds’ victory:
Team should be built around Wood
Wooded headed home the winner against Ipswich, who he had been on loan for in 2015 and in doing so he recorded his fourth goal in previous last four games.
The 24-year-old has been a consistent scorer for United since joining from Leicester City at the start of last season and is currently in the form of his life.
Monk must channel the New Zealander’s goal-scoring glut and now build the team around Wood, with as much focus as possible into providing service for the striker.
Monk is implementing his masterplan
It is clear to see that, step by step, Monk’s philosophy is paying dividend at Elland Road. The 37-year-old is moulding the team to the way he wants to play and it is becoming clear on the pitch.
Monk’s comments post-match reassured the fans that he is in control of his players and that they are moving in the right direction.
He told BBC Sport: “We are taking steps forward for sure. Improvements are there and when you look at that first game, it is pleasing.
“I have a plan that I work to and everyone is clear with that, they understand exactly where they need to get.”
Hernandez has the X-factor
If there’s one player that will propel Leeds United into the promotion or play-off frame, it’s Pablo Hernandez.
The Spaniard put in another tremendous display again against Ipswich, causing both full-backs numerous problems.
Alongside his attacking prowess, Hernandez showed a willingness to run, which is demanded by Monk’s men and came back to help Luke Ayling at right-back on plenty of occasions when he was most needed.