The New Zealand international is in irrepressible form in front of goal for Leeds United.
No player has scored more Championship goals in 2017 than Chris Wood. In fact, only Newcastle talisman Dwight Gayle has found the back of the net on a more regular basis than Leeds United’s reborn New Zealand goal machine this season.
His tally for the campaign now stands at 18 from 29 games. Therefore, he is one away from matching his career best tally with three months of the campaign left to go. It’s fair to say Wood is breaking new ground as he attempts to spearhead Leeds’ Premier League return after 13 years in the doldrums. Or, more specifically, the lower leagues.
Consequently, his goals per game tally in Leeds colours stands at a remarkable 0.49. In short, he has found the back every other match since arriving in the summer of 2014. And, to think, a number of fans were calling for his head just a few months ago.
Wood may be plying his trade at a lower level but, technically speaking, his goals per game record is superior to four bonafide Leeds United legends; Mark Viduka (0.43, below), Lee Chapman (0.46), Tony Yeboah (0.48) and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (0.48), as reported by Soccerbase.
The ball-blitzing quartet may have lead the lines of some of the greatest Leeds United XI’s of the last 30 years but, even still, Wood’s achievement cannot be disregarded.
The true test, however, is whether he can replicate his talismanic influence in the Premier League.
Though Leeds will need three more months of predatory tap ins, thumping headers and clinical one-on-ones before they can put that theory in action.