Leeds' Wood and Birmingham's Gray currently the most wasteful forwards in the Championship

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Chris Wood and Demarai Gray have struggled to hit the target this season.

Leeds United’s Chris Wood and Birmingham City’s exciting forward Demarai Gray post the lowest shots on target average in the Championship after the opening 10 fixtures.

The two second tier clubs have made contrasting starts to their respective seasons, with Leeds currently languishing in lower mid-table while Birmingham have enjoyed a surprising opening surge and sit in the top six.

One of Leeds’ biggest problems this season has been goals, as Preston North End are the only team to have scored fewer - the Lancashire outfit notching seven times compared to Leeds’ return of nine.

Some could blame a lack of opportunities created by Uwe Rosler’s men, yet a lack of killer instinct has arguably been their biggest problem, with striker Chris Wood the main culprit.

  TeamShotsShots On TargetGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Chris Wood Leeds 35 5 4 9 810
Demarai Gray Birmingham 24 4 1 10 806

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the club’s summer signing has had ample opportunity to find the net with more regularity, but has so far proved quite wasteful.

Incidentally, the New Zealand international has four goals to his name and on current form would finish the season with a very respectable tally of around 20 goals. However, he could do much better.

Wood’s 35 shots on goal is the most of any player in the Championship this season, though with only five on target he also has the worst shots on target average of any forward in the division.

Wood, however, isn’t the only one who needs to improve his finishing, as Birmingham’s tricky forward Demarai Gray has also struggled to hit the target this season.

The talented youngster has tested the goalkeeper with just four of his 24 efforts on goal, an on-target average percentage of 16.6% - a tally he and Gary Rowett will be keen to improve.

The Birmingham boss has performed wonderfully well during his time at St. Andrew's, however his side must become more clinical if they harbour any hopes of reaching the play-offs.

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