Leeds United striker Chris Wood has been quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post explaining he’s confident he can influence the side with any style of play.
The New Zealand international has stressed that he feels he’s versatile enough to fit into any system head coach Uwe Rosler wants to use and any style he wants to adopt in the Championship when the competitive action returns next month.
“I like playing football and that’s why this manager come here – to hopefully play a bit of football. We’ll work well together,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I like the ball at my feet but if it needs to come up in the air when the pressure’s on then I can try and hold it up. That’s an element of my game as well.”
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Leeds are well equipped to controlling matches with possession based play in midfield, because the club have several youngsters who are technically astute in possession.
Rosler could look to pack the central midfield area, with a sole striker supported by two players who are versatile enough to attack but also to drop off and create a five man midfield when the team is under pressure.
Alternatively, the boss could go with two players up front and look to use a second striker, playing a slightly deeper role off of a bigger player who can get stuck into the opposition defence, pushing them backwards.
Wood’s intelligence will be important
Wood can’t rely on Rosler to do all of the hard work in terms of developing a system, which is based around him.
There are other good attacking squad options and Wood needs to show the intelligence to be able to adapt during games based on the way things are panning out, while also looking to keep himself ahead of the likes of Mirco Antenucci and Lee Erwin in the pecking order.
Hopefully he can make that versatility pay-off.