All sides look to their frontman to get them the goals that shoot them to glory, Leeds United are no exception to this rule. Now others may be looking at them and star man Chris Wood according to Dan King in The Sun.

Chris Wood’s effect and importance to the Leeds United side cannot be underestimated when it is compared to the efforts of last season. The big Kiwi netted 27 times for the Whites in the Sky Bet Championship across the 2016/17 campaign, winning the division’s Golden Boot competition. In all, Wood netted 30 times in all competitions, becoming the sixth United player to do so.

But Chris Wood is more than a simple 30-a-season striker, much more than a headline goal grabber.

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 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.

It is this all-round game, and lethal potential, that has no doubt piqued the interest of suitors and The Sun’s Dan King says that there is a number of them queuing up to snaffle him from the Whites over the summer.

King says that a quartet of Premier League sides in West Ham, Southampton, Swansea and Stoke are “all interested in snapping up the New Zealand international” at some point this summer.

The Sun go on to say that Leeds will face “an uphill battle” as they try to keep hold of the 25-year-old free-scoring frontman, but do say that the Kiwi captain “is a £20m target” for the Premier League quartet that were mentioned.

Reasons why Chris Wood is worth £20m

Stats derived from Chris Wood’s player page (detailed tab) or Statbunker Sky Bet Championship 16/17 Nav ‘Goals’ drop down

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