Garry Monk responds to Reading star's suggestion that Leeds are too reliant on Chris Wood

Leeds manager Garry Monk

Wood has scored nearly half of the Whites' league goals this season.

Leeds manager Garry Monk

Leeds United manager Garry Monk has responded to Reading star Yann Kermorgant's suggestion that his side are too heavily reliant on top scorer Chris Wood ahead of the two sides' meeting this weekend, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Wood is enjoying a phenomenal season this year, by far the best individual campaign of his career so far.

The New Zealand international has scored 27 goals in 40 club appearances so far this term, and is the Championship's top scorer with 24 league strikes.

However, while that form has propelled Leeds into genuine promotion contention, some have argued that the West Yorkshire side are too over-reliant on their star man.

One such critic has been Reading striker Yann Kermorgant, who said earlier this week that Leeds "have no plan B" if Wood gets injured.

That comments did not go down too well with much of the Elland Road support, and Monk has now given his own considered response.

The Whites boss said, via the YEP: “I can’t agree with those comments. For anyone who’s come to watch us this season, it’s very clear. Everyone has a clear idea of the role they have to play. Whenever we’ve made changes the guys who’ve come in have performed exceptionally well.

"In that first game against them [Reading], Chris actually came off the pitch after 30 minutes. We went on for the rest of that game, performed well, extended our lead, kept a clean sheet and took the three points.

"So with those comments, I could possibly agree that if Chris had stayed on the pitch we might have won by a bigger margin. I could agree in those circumstances.”

Leeds will come up against Kermorgant's Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday night.

Monk will hope to have Wood available to start after the striker picked up a minor knock on international duty over the domestic break.

Leeds United's Chris Wood celebrates after scoring their second goal

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