Wood burns on Championship defences

Chris Wood hit the 20 goal mark in Leeds United’s 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest.

The former West Bromich Albion Hitman was sold to the Whites in 2015 by Premier League outfit Leicester City for £3m.

New Zealand international striker Chris Wood has been in terrific form for Leeds United this season and having already beaten his tally from last season, it appears there is more to come from Leeds United’s key man.

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Wood poked in his 20th goal of the campaign against Forest on Wednesday. 

 

The Leeds United forward had a disappointing campaign last season managing just 13 goals in all competitions.

Last season’s change of managers between Uwe Rösler and Steve Evans is bound to have affected the squad and Wood’s mentality.

Current co-owner Massimo Cellino was the conductor of these managerial departures which has caused split opinion among the Elland Road faithful over the Italian.

It’s fair to say Cellino has been a controversial owner and a recent 18-month ban handed to the Italian last December over agent regulations regarding Ross McCormack’s £11m transfer to Fulham has meant the businessman hasn’t interfered as much this season.

Cellino agreed to sell 50% of his stake in the club to fellow Italian Andrea Radrizzani at the start of the New Year which has seen a decrease in his involvement at the club.

Although he has arguably done more harm than good for the Yorkshire giants, his faith in new head coach Garry Monk and approval of his signings has seen Chris Wood in the form of his life.

The signings of experienced playmaker Pablo Hernández and ex-Oxford winger Kemar Roofe have been influential in Wood’s scintillating form which Cellino is due credit for doing something previous owners such as Ken Bates haven’t; investing in the squad.

Wood has certainly flourished under ex-Swansea boss Monk and has told the club’s official site after Leeds’ victory over Derby two weeks ago that he has seen an improvement in the side.

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Garry Monk has made Elland Road a fortress.

 

“It is the sign of a good side that when teams come back at us for a period, we are able to attack again and raise the bar again.”

The striker’s form has seen the player valued at £15m by the Leeds hierarchy to ward off interest from Premier League side West Ham and Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Quanjian.

Leeds will be keen to hold on to their top scorer who has been at the forefront of the Whites success. Not only have Wood’s goals caught the eye, but his commitment when chasing players down hasn’t gone unnoticed amongst the Leeds faithful.

The Whites have been quiet in January but have been linked with West Ham striker Ashley Fletcher and Norwich City winger Sergi Canós as Garry Monk looks to bolster his squad for their promotion push.

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Fletcher (left) has been linked with a move to Leeds. 

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