Why Lee Erwin is proof Steve Evans' striker comments mean absolutely nothing

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The Leeds head coach has been discussing his current centre-forward.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans says Chris Wood is more 'mean' and more 'keen' after his recent injury spell, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Indeed, the 24-year-old has been out injured but Evans insists he is now in far better shape ahead of a possible return.

Evans is quoted as telling reporters by the YEP: "With Chris Wood, his body is a temple. But we have made it more lean, more mean and more keen.

"We have looked at the best stats of his career, what kind of weight ratio he had then and all that stuff and the big man has bought into it.

"The performances will be the judge but I’m just saying people will see him leaner and more meaner and I mean meaner in terms of power and performance."

However, earlier this season, Evans is quoted as saying something similar by Inside Futbol - about Lee Erwin: "I saw Lee come into the ground; may I say looking a bit fitter than when I arrived, I think he's gone down about three notches on his belt."

So, as Evans himself points out, it's all about performances. Getting Wood leaner may not actually affect his football. Erwin is clearly in fitter shape but isn't being given any chances.

If Wood is fitter, then, it is no guarantee of the New Zealander actually scoring any goals. The issue Leeds have is that their lack of goals was a problem while Wood was in the team - and not just after he got injured.

If Wood is much fitter and is given some game time, surely the same has to apply for Erwin.

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