Mick McCarthy suggests why Chris Wood is impressing for Leeds after struggles last season

Chris Wood of Leicester City

Leeds United striker Chris Wood spent a spell on loan at Ipswich last season.

Wood spent a loan spell with Ipswich last term, and Mick McCarthy has told the Sudbury Mercury that he is seeing a big difference in his fitness levels between last season and the current campaign.

McCarthy said: “He [Wood] also struggled because he wasn’t as fit as he is now. He looks sharper and leaner now and the goal he scored against Derby was an outstanding finish. If you give him chances he’ll score.”

Wood made eight appearances for the Tractor Boys last term, joining on loan when it became clear he would not be playing consistent football at Leicester.

He failed to score a single goal, and with chances at Leicester not set to improve, Wood left the club permanently over the summer to join Leeds United.

The 23-year-old has started his career at Elland Road in impressive form, netting three goals in six Championship games, as well as registering an assist in the most recent game with Brentford.

Whilst he has never been a prolific goalscorer, Wood appears to be playing near the top of his game, and he has been lethal in front of goal.

McCarthy believes Wood’s form has improved because he is looking like a far fitter player than he was last term, when he played for Ipswich after spending much of the season out of Leicester’s team.

He was always going to struggle due to a lack of match fitness, but he has been a key player at Leeds since his arrival, and it appears as if Wood is benefiting from a full pre-season schedule.

Wood has started this season, and his career with Leeds, in the kind of top form that was required of him, and if the striker continues to score as he has been, the Whites should face no trouble challenging at the top of the Championship table this term.

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