Tom Jennings, John Charles, Peter Lorimer, Lee Chapman and Jermaine Beckford. What do they all have in common? You’ve guessed it, they are the only players to hit the 30 goal a season mark for Leeds United.
With 27 to his name already this season and plenty of games to spare Chris Wood could soon be adding his name to that illustrious list and be only the second player post Leeds’ Premier League era to do so since Jermaine Beckford.
So how has Chris Wood achieved this tally this season? Two things really. Since the appointment of Garry Monk, he has set up the team to spearhead Wood and everything goes through or to him. It’s a tactic Monk used with success with his previous club Swansea with Wilfred Bony and Michu. The set up around Wood compliments his talents as a striker. Everything Leeds do in 90 minutes is to his strengths. He can hold the ball up, bully back fours and get his head on pinpoint crosses from our wide men and full backs.
The second point is the appointment of James Beattie to the Leeds United coaching team. Beattie a once prolific forward himself, most notably during his time at Southampton and Everton,has worked tirelessly on improving Wood’s game this season. Wood has a good teacher with Beattie. After all, he is a kinda of done it all worn the t-shirt kind of player.
What worries the Leeds fans the most going into a promotion push is losing Chris Wood to an injury. It was highlighted in January a backup replacement was needed. That didn’t materialise and for some reason Monk just doesn’t fancy Marcus Antonsson. Granted, the team’s style of play would need to be adapted slightly but as we’ve seen glimpses of at the early stages of the season, he has something about him. With Doukara on 5 goals this season the clubs second highest scorer, keeping Chris Wood fit is a priority if we want to achieve or make a real case for promotion this season.
Let’s hope Chris Wood joins the 30 goal a season club, goes down in folk law and spearheads Leeds United’s Premier 2017/2018 campaign. MOT.