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Leeds first teamer: Monk has backed me after my performances in training

By Dominic Toner

Leeds forward Chris Wood has revealed that he has received the full backing from manager Garry Monk this season to emulate his form in training on the pitch.

The 25-year-old has been a crucial first-team player for the Whites this campaign and has been the main driving force behind their push towards promotion.

He has scored a remarkable 27 goals in just 40 appearances this season and been the spearhead of the Leeds attack.

The Yorkshire giants are in good shape for a play-off spots and are fourth-placed in the Championship table over the international break, while their star striker links up with New Zealand.

Wood has explained that he has been given the support to replicate his training ground form on a match day, something he has done extremely well this season.

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“The manager has backed me 100 per cent and the players have got round me and know what I can do, they’ve seen it in training and knew I could do it on the Saturday and they’ve just backed me completely,” Wood said, as quoted by Stuff.

Leeds will resume their league campaign on 1 April away to Reading, who are currently fifth-placed in the table.

The Whites will be hoping to continue their run after an impressive 2-0 home victory over second-placed Brighton in their last outing.

Wood once again proved to be the hero for Monk’s side by scoring both goals at Elland Road.

The ex-Leicester striker appears to have found a home at Leeds and is currently the Championship’s top scorer with 24 league goals.

He has praised the impact of his manager Monk on his performances, with the 38-year-old transforming the side into major promotion candidates this season.

In other Leeds news, a Sky Sports pundit has delivered his verdict on the club’s promotion chances.

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