Date: 8th February 2017 at 4:39pm
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By Will Butcher

James Beattie has heaped praise on Chris Wood after the in-form Leeds ace won the January PFA Fans’ Player of the Month award.

The PFA announced the 25-year-old as their winner on Wednesday morning, after Wood scored six goals in just four league games during January.

Beattie, who is currently the first-team coach at Elland Road, challenged the New Zealand international on his personal Twitter account to “keep on scoring and developing”.

During January, Wood scored an eye-catching brace against Yorkshire rivals Rotherham and in the 3-2 loss to Barnsley, as well as finding the back of the net against Derby and Nottingham Forest.

Now on 21 goals for the season from just 33 league and cup encounters, former Leicester striker Wood remains vital to Garry Monk’s side as they look to continue their promising league form,

Sitting in fifth in the Championship, Wood’s goals have given the Yorkshire giants hope of a Premier League return for the first time since their relegation in 2003-04.

The Leeds number nine will be looking to continue his goalscoring heroics against Cardiff at Elland Road on Saturday, as Monk looks to orchestrate an 18th Championship win of the season.

Three points against former manager Neil Warnock could see the Whites move as high as third place in the table, if Reading and Huddersfield both lose.

In other Leeds news, this Premier League defender is currently on trial at Elland Road.

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