Leeds United boss Steve Evans backs Chris Wood to score 20 goals next season

The Kiwi has struggled with fitness throughout this campaign.

Leeds United take on Reading this weekend and go into the game off the back of a good win against Birmingham City in the Championship.

Two goals from Stuart Dallas saw Leeds claim an impressive win at St Andrew’s and Leeds fans will be hoping for a similar performance at Elland Road when Brian McDermott returns to the club at the weekend.

They will also be looking for an impressive performance by Chris Wood. The New Zealand international was recently under the cosh after a poor display against Burnley but he was brilliant v Birmingham City and has shown glimpses of his ability throughout the campaign.

Speaking to his press conference earlier today Leeds head coach Steve Evans confirmed his belief that Wood would have scored more this term were it not for fitness trouble, and made a prediction for next term.

He is quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post as stating:

"I've seen the stats at Birmingham and he won 19 headers. He led the line so well.

“Without a shadow of a doubt (Wood can score 20 goals next season).

“I think he would have been on 15 or 16 goals already if he'd not been out as long as he had."

Unfortunately, he has had to battle injuries throughout the campaign. The summer signing from Leicester City has managed just nine goals this season in 32 appearances and fans would have been hoping for more.

Wood has certainly got the ability to score 20 goals in this division and Leeds fans will be hoping he can find that form and fitness from the start of next term.

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