When you score 30 goals in a single season as a striker, eyes will start glancing in your general direction as teams begin to take account of your skills set and what you could bring to their set-up. It is that time of the season.
This is definitely the case with Leeds United and Chris Wood. A week ago in 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.”
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.
This is what opponents see, this is what they take onboard when making considerations on bringing in new staff. Likely this is what interested parties would do when assessing Chris Wood and what he brings to a side, whether that would be transferable to a new outfit.
Of course there is bound to be speculation in Chris Wood and what his future holds, after all he is coming off of a 30 goal season and has a record of a goal every other game for the Whites. Initial interest was seen from Everton with odds of 4/1 for the Toffeemen to take him to Merseyside.
In an ever-fluctuating market, Stoke then stole a march on their Premier League rivals, coming in at 5/2 favourites. But the betting market is often built on quickly shifting sands and, linked to Garry Monk’s handed-in resignation letter, a new favourite for Wood’s signature has emerged.
According to betting site Sky Bet, with Everton dropping out of the immediate odds and former 5/2 favourites Stoke dropping back to 20/1 outsiders, Middlesbrough have shot in to the top of the betting odds with Sky Bet seeing them as short as 6/1 to lands Leeds’ lethal hitman.
Garry Monk, since deciding to walk out on Leeds United and seek to continue his football elsewhere other than Elland Road, has been heavily linked with the vacancy at the Riverside. It is likely this ‘link’ that has driven Middlesbrough up the odds charts and into pole position to sign Chris Wood.
However, despite Middlesbrough coming from out of nowhere to head the chances of capturing Kiwi hitman Wood, Leeds still remain favourites at 1/3 to see him kick off the season for them in the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship season.