It’s that time of the football year when, with most teams’ seasons over, that rumours start to fly about who is looking at who, and who is going where.
This is definitely the case with Leeds United and Chris Wood. Earlier this week The Sun was amongst a number of media publications who said that Kiwi international Wood was being hunted by “a pack of Premier League clubs” with an interest “in snapping up the New Zealand international in the summer.”
Now, after a 30 goal season where 27 of those came in league competition, you’d expect that there would be some ‘interest’ in Wood. You’d also expect it to be serious interest as well; the quoted ‘£20m’ would qualify as ‘serious interest’, there’s no doubt about that at all.
Wood, who has two years left on his current Leeds deal, has shown that he is a more than capable striker whilst at the Whites. In his 85 total appearances across all competitions for the West Yorkshire side, the burly hitman has notched 43 goals – these coming at the rate on one every 158 minutes. The ‘per minute’ figure potentially marks Kiwi Wood out in the 26 goal bracket, a goal return from a striker that many side would invest in.
As expected and mentioned, there has been interest in Wood – the Premier League featuring heavily. Initial interest was from Everton who were installed as 4/1 shots to take him to Merseyside. However, in an ever-fluctuating market, things change and, according to Sky Bet, Stoke City are the new favourites to land him at odds of 5/2.
Further back in the odds are second favourites West Ham, whose odds of 7/2 place them roughly where Everton were previously. The Toffeemen are nowhere to be seen with quoted clubs Swansea (9/2), Southampton (7/1) and former club West Brom (14/1) making up the rest of the clubs said to be in the running for his signature.
However, perhaps the most telling odds are those which state that Chris Wood is going nowhere. Sky Bet state that this is the case, giving odds of 8/13 that he will be a feature at Elland Road for the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship campaign.
It is these odds that Leeds United fans should be focusing and concentrating on.