Leeds United: Monk backing under-fire Whites striker Wood to bounce back

Chris Wood.
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LEEDS United head coach Garry Monk has backed Chris Wood to quickly bounce back to form in light of Elland Road jeers following his weekend substitution.

Wood endured a miserable afternoon during Saturday’s 2-1 loss at home to Birmingham City and his switch for Kemar Roofe on the hour mark was greeted by cheers from the Elland Road crowd.

But Monk has been quick to defend the 24-year-old New Zealand international, describing the six-foot-three striker as a “real talent” whom the head coach is confident will soon put Saturday’s performance in the past.

Asked for his opinion on the crowd’s reaction to Wood’s withdrawal, Monk reasoned: “It’s modern day football.

“It’s not even modern day football, it’s football through the whole of history.

“These are the situations that as a young group you have to be exposed to, but you come through difficult moments.

“Every player has experienced those situations and Chris is working extremely hard.

“He has had a very good pre-season and he is a great guy with the group and he’s a real talent as well.

“And it’s for us to help him put his talent on the pitch.

“Okay, for one game he might not have been at his best, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t be in the next one.

“We all have to experience that. You have to be exposed to these situations – every player goes through it and Chris is a strong boy.

“He’s got a very good mentality and there will be no problems whatsoever.”

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