Leeds United's signing of the season, a cornerstone of future success?

Chris Wood of Leicester City

Chris Wood did enough to show in his debut campaign for Leeds to suggest he can lead their attack next season.

Chris Wood became Leeds United's most expensive signing in a decade when he signed from Leicester last summer, and he showed promising signs he can be a cornerstone of success in years to come.

The New Zealand international certainly had a mixed start at Leeds, with a shocking penalty miss early on failing to help, but an oustanding late winner against Derby County showed what he is capable of.

Injury kept him out for around three months at a crucial phase of the year, and Leeds will not want that to occur again if they are to kick on in their attempts to win promotion next season.

The signings made last season at Leeds were a mixed bunch. Lee Erwin was akin to the invisible man, while Charlie Horton's spell was cut short for him to return to America.

Jordan Botaka only showed flashes late in the season, while Stuart Dallas was an impressive addition, but one who needs to add more goals to his game.

Wood's season was in jeopardy of being written off with injury, but a late flourish upon his return showed just how badly he was missed during his absence.

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He struck five goals in his last eight games to bring his tally up to 13 for the season, a respectable figure bearing in mind his time missed through a dodgy hamstring.

Wood's four assists was a figure only bettered by Dallas, and equalled by Alex Mowatt, Charlie Taylor and Mirco Antenucci.

With nine goal Antenucci off in the summer, Leeds would be in trouble without Wood, but his presence as the spearhead of their attack provides assurance for fans that they have an attack capable of finding the net.

Leeds still need to add to Wood this summer, but his addition a year ago looks a shrewd one, a season in, and next season he will be expected to surpass the 20 goal mark.

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