Leeds United’s Chris Wood has been voted by you as the 2nd best player in the EFL.
Over the last month, we have been gathering votes from you to find the best managers and players in the EFL. And after counting the votes, we have discovered you think that Wood is the 2nd best player in the Football League.
If truth be told, Leeds United were an unfancied side to be challenging for a play-off place in the Sky Bet Championship during the 2016/17 campaign. But challenge they did and it was a challenge carried on a wave of goals by one player – New Zealand international Chris Wood.
When Leeds United signed him, fans were of the uhmming and aahing variety, not convinced that the big Kiwi was worth the reported £3 million fee to bring him in from Leicester City. This stance seemed to persist through his first season at the club, a season where he netted 13 league goals, and provided four assists.
In fact, the doubters continued into this season, with a ‘cupped ear’ response to the Kop after a late equaliser against Fulham at Elland Road his answer to the dissenting voices. Those voices are now silent.
They have been silenced by Chris Wood’s deadliness in front of goal, with one commentator last year summing up another Wood score with the following – “Chris Wood plays, Chris Wood scores.” It was scoring that the burly forward did more than well last season, his goals winning him the Sky Bet Championship Golden Boot as the league’s top scorer.
Wood scored 27 league goals in last season’s campaign, a campaign where he only missed two games through injury. Across his Leeds career to date, he has 43 goals from just 85 appearances, this strike rate apparently garnering interest higher up the football ladder from the Premier League.