The key stat which will make Chris Wood invaluable to Leeds

Elland Road pitchside

Chris Wood bettered Leeds United's Steve Morison's record in the air last season in his limited opportunities.

Steve Morison struggled for goals last season at Leeds but was a regular under Neil Redfearn regardless.

New signing Chris Wood spent most of 2014/15 on the bench at Leicester, as well as a brief spell on loan at Ipswich Town.

Even so during his very limited opportunities, he managed to win headers more frequently than any Leeds player, Morison included.

  TeamMins per Aerial Duels WonAppearances
Chris Wood Leicester / Ipswich 17 15
Steve Morison Leeds 17.99 26
Souleymane Doukara Leeds 49.76 25
Billy Sharp Leeds 125.31 33
Mirco Antenucci Leeds 288 36

It illustrates why the club were so keen to sign the 23-year-old New Zealand international, spending their biggest transfer fee in over a decade on the striker.

Leeds stumbled upon a brief spell of success last season with Morison up front, but he just could not find the goals to justify the club keeping faith with him as their top striker heading into 2015/16.

Wood possesses the aerial threat Morison does, and no other Leeds strikers do - except he will be trusted to recapture the goalscoring form he showed on loan at Millwall three seasons ago which saw him net 11 in 19 games. 

A striker needs physical dominance to thrive in Rosler's preferred 4-3-3 formation, but they also need to be able to find the net. Leeds clearly believe Wood is a perfect fit, now he needs to go on and prove it.

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