BBC pundit explains why Chris Wood will be pleased with Mustapha Carayol signing

Chris Wood of Leicester City

Mustapha Carayol joined Leeds United on loan from Championship rivals Middlesbrough last week.

Noel Whelan has told BBC Sport why Leeds United striker Chris Wood will be pleased with the signing of Mustapha Carayol.

Carayol joined Leeds from Championship rivals Middlesbrough last week on loan until the end of the season.

The Gambia international was drafted into the Whites’ starting lineup for Saturday afternoon’s FA Cup third-round tie against Rotherham United at Elland Road.

The 27-year-old winger made a memorable debut for Leeds, scoring the opening goal of the encounter on the stroke of half time as they won 2-0.

Wood did not feature in the tie as he is injured at the moment, and former Leeds striker Whelan believes that the New Zealand international will be happy with Carayol’s performance against Rotherham.

“Carayol has shown he can do both sides to his game,” Whelan told BBC Sport. “He’s been really effective crossing into the area.

“He seems to naturally put it in the right place. He doesn’t pick out a man because if you put it in the right area, you’ll expect a man to be there.

“Chris Wood will have been watching this and rubbing his hands together. He’ll be looking forward to getting on to some of those crosses.”

Carayol has been on the books of Middlesbrough since 2012 and has a contract until June 2017.

The winger was on loan at Huddersfield Town for the first half of the 2015-16 campaign. The former Lincoln City man scored three goals and created 25 chances in 15 Championship appearances for the Terriers.

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