Former Middlesbrough and Everton winger Peter Beagrie explained on Sky Sports 1 on Saturday afternoon (April 9) why Chris Wood is an important player for Leeds United.
“He is pivotal to the way they play because they have a solitary striker and they try to support from the wide areas and deep-lying midfield players as well, so in that structure and in that shape, he is absolutely key for them,” said Beagrie about Wood on Sky Sports 1 in the build-up to their coverage of the Championship game between Burnley and Leeds at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.
Wood, who joined Leeds from Premier League outfit Leicester City in the summer of 2015, started the game against Burnley and played for the entire 90 minutes.
The 24-year-old New Zealand international striker took six shots, had a pass accuracy of 59%, created three chances, won 38% of his headers, and made one clearance. The striker had two very good chances, but he failed to take them as Burnley won the match 1-0.
Wood’s performance against the Clarets left much to be desired, but as Beagrie suggested, he is an important player to the current Leeds team, especially in the way they played under head coach Steve Evans.
The former West Bromwich Albion striker can be brilliant on his day and is having a mixed season. The 24-year-old has scored nine goals and created 30 chances in 29 Championship appearances for Leeds so far this campaign.