Garry Monk did an incredible job at Elland Road this season. Limited funds and an eccentric owner meant the ex-Swansea boss pulled off a few miracles to keep them so high up the table. Leeds were unfortunately unable to maintain the pace toward the final stages of the season, ultimately missing out on a play-off spot. This means another year in the second tier of English football. What does it mean for their star striker, Chris Wood? Is he destined for the Premier League?
By John Dean
Chris Wood: The best striker in the Championship
At times this season, Chris Wood seemed to be scoring nearly all of Leeds United’s goals. His incredible goal scoring record somewhat lost its momentum toward the end of the season, but he still finished as the top scorer in the league. 27 league goals left him four clear goals ahead of the three players (Gayle, Abraham and Murray) in second place. Two of the players that finished third were part of teams that won automatic promotion, which only shows how impressive Woods was this season.
Leeds are willing to sell
It’s no secret that Leeds have become a selling club. If a bid comes in for around 15 million, it will probably be accepted. There are plenty of Premier League clubs that need a striker to improve their goal scoring. West Ham and West Brom have already been heavily linked to Woods and it’s easy to see why. Even Liverpool have been said to be monitoring the striker.
Deserting a sinking ship?
It would be brilliant to see Leeds back in the Premier League. They’re a massive club and really should be in the top flight. However, years of mismanagement has left them in a vulnerable position. Fans will be wary of the summer ahead. Cellino has shown that their best players can be offloaded at any time. Perhaps the manager will also be shown the door after missing out on promotion. As a player, Woods has to consider his long-term future, and may realize that the time is right to push a move.
Woods has experience of playing in the Premier League. 7 appearances and 1 goal to be exact when he partook in Leicester’s great escape from relegation. The New Zealander had made 26 appearances in the previous season when Leicester were promoted to the Premier League. Unfortunately game time was limited in their first season back up and he was shipped off to Leeds before they went on to win the league.
Chris Woods has clearly worked hard on improving his game. His goal statistics reflect this. After departing Leicester, where it could be argued that he wasn’t given a fair crack of the whip, he arrived at Elland Road. Expectations were perhaps low but he managed 13 goals in 36 games in his first full season. This was followed by 27 in 44 this campaign. This has alerted a number of Premier League clubs.
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