Chris Wood's chance creation rate suggests Leeds United teammates must step up

Garry Monk manager of Leeds United

Kemar Roofe and Hadi Sacko have each laid on fewer opportunities than the talismanic striker for Leeds United.

Leeds' Pablo Hernandez in action with Derby's Bradley Johnson

There are no prizes for guessing who in Garry Monk’s Leeds United squad has created the most chances for his teammates this season.

In fact, the only surprise is that Pablo Hernandez is so far ahead of the competition, laying on three times as many opportunities as his nearest challenger.

Yet, it is the identity of that nearest challenger which speaks volumes about his progression and development since Monk took charge at Elland Road in the summer.

Chris Wood has created 26 chances in Leeds colours this season, more than jet-heeled winger Hadi Sacko (24) and League Two’s Player of the Season Kemar Roofe (23).

The 25-year-old centre-forward is not the most technically proficient of forward players, renowned instead for his predatory instincts and lethal reactions within the confines of the 18 yard box. Furthermore, he has only one assist to his name all season despite leading the club’s scoring charts with a career-best tally of 19.

However, these statistics just go to show how much Wood has developed his all-round game this season. He may be more consistent than ever in front of goal, silencing any lingering doubts about his ability to lead the line for a promotion chasing side. But his chance creation rate suggests the New Zealander is a much more efficient team player this season.

Or perhaps it just means Sacko (below) and Roofe need to up their game.

  Chances CreatedAssists
Pablo Hernández 64 7
Chris Wood 26 1
Hadi Sacko 25 3
Luke Ayling 23 2
Kemar Roofe 23 5
Stuart Dallas 20 2

Leeds United's Chris Wood scores their second goal

The wingers, summer signings from Sporting Lisbon and Oxford respectively, have flickered at times this season in between bouts of inneffectiveness and the fact that Hernandez has created around 40 more chances suggests they are yet to truly prove their worth in Leeds colours; although they have still produced eight assists between them this season.

Hadi Sacko of Leeds United in action with Harlee Dean of Brentford

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