Leeds United had a more than successful season judging by recent standards, spending over half-a-season in the play-off places. this was before dropping out and ending up in 7th place with just three games of the campaign left to play.
Leeds United battle and fought to recover from a bad start to the season, their opening half-a-dozen games seeing them gain just four points and end up dumped in a relegation place. In truth Leeds United were anything but relegation fodder this season, as the Whites turn around of form showed.
Eleven games later, a 2-1 away win over Rotherham propelled Leeds into the play-off places where they stayed for the next 26 games, 142 days before dropping out and into their final position of 7th after a disappointing 1-0 loss to Wolves at Elland Road.
The bulk of this success was a two-way process; a more solid defensive unit that stopped the comedy goal leaks from previous seasons, and a strikeforce that was, well, Chris Wood. Across all competitions, Wood became one of only six players to have hit 30 in a season for Leeds United. In the Championship alone, the Kiwi captain hit 27 goals to become the division’s Golden Boot holder.
Chris Wood – more than just a 30-a-season striker
Below are a few snippets of stats coming from Chris Wood’s 2016/17 campaign – a campaign where the goals were important but a campaign where he was more than just a goalscorer.
Chris Wood – snap stats (per game if stated)
- 27 goals (16 home/11 away; 11 first-half/16 second-half; 15 first scorer/10 last scorer; 134 minutes per goal)
- 27 goals (8 six-yard box/19 inside area; 22 right foot/2 left foot/3 head)
- 2.4 shots/1 on target per game (41.7% accuracy)
- 44 on-target shots/27 goals (61.4% conversion rate)
- 3.3 headed duels won
Yes the goals are Chris Wood’s major currency and are, of course, the major reason why Leeds United did so well this season just ended. But as well as scoring the goals, Chris Wood was also an accurate shooter of the ball (41.7% – 63% if you include blocked shots) as well as a more than accurate placer of his accurate shots, scoring 27 from 44 on-target shot – a 61.4% conversion rate.