Former Leeds United player Terry Yorath told Radio Yorkshire why he felt sorry for striker Chris Wood during the club’s game against Burnley last weekend.
Leeds drew the match 1-1 and have a chance to register their first win against Doncaster in the League Cup this evening and Yorath has suggested that the side needs to work a bit harder to get support into their new striker.
“When you’re playing up front on your own, if there’s no one pushing in behind you then you may as well be standing still – Sometimes you feel a bit sorry for him and I felt like that (for Wood) during the second half, but things will happen (for Wood) and I’m pleased with what’s happened here,” he told Radio Yorkshire.
Where does the support come from?
If Leeds manager Uwe Rosler feels that he needs to try and get a bit of extra support into Wood, it’s most likely going to come from the left hand side in the form of Stuart Dallas or from midfield from someone like Alex Mowatt or Soulemayne Doukara.
Wood may also benefit if Rosler goes with a system based around having two strikers working in tandem in attack, which would give the forward someone to play off of.
The danger for any team playing a one man system is that the striker can become isolated by a savvy opponent, who decides to squeeze the life out of midfield and cut off the service.
However, Leeds and Rosler are still learning about Wood and the best way to utilise him and ultimately, the club haven’t endured a negative start to the campaign.