By Wayne Veysey

13th Aug, 2016 | 5:38pm

Noel Whelan delivers scathing assessment of senior Leeds player after Birmingham defeat

By Alex Stevens

Noel Whelan has claimed Chris Wood was off the pace and well below par in Leeds’ 2-1 defeat to Birmingham on Saturday.

The New Zealand international, 24, was hauled off by manager Garry Monk at the hour mark and replaced by Kemar Roofe.

Spearhead Wood, who formed a two-pronged attack with summer signing Marcus Antonsson, failed to find the net for a second consecutive Championship match.

Former Leeds striker Whelan is convinced that the club still need to sign another front man despite the recruitment of Antonsson and wide man Roofe during the current window.

Speaking tohe made it clear he was not impressed with the current options:

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“Well Wood wasn’t having the best of games, Whelan said to the BBC West Yorkshire post-match programme on Saturday. “His touch was off today, far too heavy with his first-touch, trying to do too much.

“We put Roofe on in place of him and he played alongside Antonsson. Nut as much as he’s got lots of energy and enthusiasm for the game Roofe he’s just not a centre-forward.

“Hence why we need another good striker.”

Wood was Leeds’ leading scorer with 13 goals last season, all of which were scored in the Championship, four more than Mirco Antenucci, who was released by the Yorkshire giants during the summer.

Despite firing blanks in the two league matches, he did open his account for the season in EFL shoot-out win over Fleetwood in midweek, scoring in normal time of the clash.

In other Leeds news, supporters have reacted on Twitter to a second consecutive league defeat.