By Will Butcher
Leeds fans are frustrated after New Zealand captain Chris Wood has been handed another start as the Whites prepare to face Fulham.
The target man has come under increasing scrutiny following a disappointing start to the season as the Whites are yet to record a Championship point.
The 24-year-old was Leeds’ top scorer last season with 13 goals, but has managed to find the net just once from the penalty spot against League One outfit Fleetwood Town during the Yorkshire giant’s EFL Cup game.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 16, 2016
Garry Monk has fielded a very attacking line-up, with Liam Cooper, Kalvin Phillips, Stuart Dallas and Kemar Roofe all returning to his startling eleven.
Swedish hitman Marcus Antonsson partners former Leicester striker Wood up-front, while League Two Player of the Year Roofe and Euro 2016 star Dallas return after being told to sit on the bench against Birmingham on Saturday.
Leeds fans have expressed their dismay on Twitter following Monk’s decision to start out-of-form Wood.
— Lee Williams (@LeeWilliams9) August 16, 2016
Mowatt dropped and wood still in? Hmmm not sure he is the messiah after all this bloke? #lufc
— IDWakefield (@IDWakefield) August 16, 2016
Why is wood even getting a look in after Saturday? #lufc
— ThroughTheRoofe (@ohhmiijosh_) August 16, 2016
#Lufc mowatt dropped wood keeps his place. That's enough for me to see monk has no idea
— Deano (@Killer9kane) August 16, 2016
Actually pleased to see Doukara back in the squad ?? Like it or not, he's about 20 times better than Chris Wood #LUFC
— Jack Timms (@jacktimms92) August 16, 2016
Personally I'd drop Chris Wood for Roofe and put Mowatt in a free-roam position like the last day. I thought he was superb.
— Gaff (@Gaffneh) August 16, 2016
Big game for Chris Wood and Kalvin Phillips, this. Both absolutely dreadful in my opinion but at least Bamba's been dropped from the 11.
— Josh Timlin (@JoshuaTimlin) August 16, 2016
@GarryMonk please can you stop starting Chris Wood, he is woeful to say the least..??
— Lee✌ (@leeadams9) August 16, 2016
Monk has also decided to drop goalscorer Hadi Sacko, despite finding the back of the net against Birmingham. Alex Mowatt, Ronaldo Vieira and captain Sol Bamba have also been axed.
Fulham have started their Championship campaign in fantastic fashion, seeing off title favourites Newcastle and beating Preston 2-1 on Saturday. Former Leeds target-man Matt Smith is set to lead the line for the Cottagers, after finding the net in both games.
If the Championship encounter goes the way of Leeds the they are likely to move out of then relegation places, while Fulham could go top with a win.