£3m Leeds United ace Chris Wood can show Wolves they made a big mistake in the summer

Chris Wood of Leicester City

Leeds beat Wolves to the signing of Chris Wood in the summer, and he faces them for the first time this evening.

Chris Wood will lead the line for Leeds United this evening, hoping he can help side side pull off a victory at Molineux.

It could easily have been very different for this evening's fixture between as Wood almost became a Wolves player in the summer.

When he was made available for transfer by Leicester City, Wolves were the early frontrunners.

The Express and Star reported how Wolves had an offer submitted of £1 million for the New Zealand international, and Wood was weighing up his options.

Leeds United's interest saw a mini-bidding war ensue, until Wolves decided they were unwilling to match the £3 million put forward by the Yorkshire side, with owner Massimo Cellino determined to get his man.

Wood's performances for Leeds have been up and down this season, but he remains one of the side's only match winners, inspiring a victory over Hull City a fortnight ago with an early strike.

He is Leeds' top scorer this season with seven goals, equal to Wolves front man Benik Afobe, and four more than the player they did sign in Adam Le Fondre.

  PositionTeamGoalsAppearances
Benik Afobe FW Wolves 7 20
Chris Wood FW Leeds 7 19
Mirco Antenucci FW Leeds 5 18
Dave Edwards MF Wolves 4 16
James Henry MF Wolves 4 20
Adam Le Fondre FW Wolves 3 16

Wolves were dealt a blow early in the season when striker Nouha Dicko suffered a serious knee injury, which increased their reliance on Afobe.

Had they known what would happen, they may have pushed the boat out to sign Wood, but such eventualities should be factored in when building a squad required to win promotion across a tough 46 game season.

Wolves are currently in 14th place, only two points ahead of Leeds in 18th, and if Wood helps the Whites move above the club which nearly signed him, it will make the decision not to sign him look misguided - but on the other side of the coin, Wolves frontmen have a chance to show they are more than good enough and are capable of stepping up in a big game under the lights in front of the Sky cameras.

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