Former Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cotterill praised Leeds United striker Chris Wood on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News last Saturday afternoon (broadcast from 2pm, August 5, 2017).
Cotterill spoke highly of the New Zealand international star’s all-round game, and stated that he is a lesser version of Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer.
“If you are signing a striker and you sign for a 4-4-2 and your team is playing 4-3-3, you are going to have a disaster with it, whereas if you sign a Chris Wood, he can play in a 4-4-2 and he can play up top by himself,” said Cotterill about Wood on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News last Saturday afternoon (broadcast from 2pm, August 5, 2017).
“So he can hold it up, he can run the channels, he can score goals, he can head, he is just a lesser version of an Alan Shearer, if you know what I mean.”
Wood is one of the best strikers in the Championship and was in stunning form for Leeds during the 2016-17 campaign.
The 25-year-old former Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion striker scored 27 goals and provided four assists in 41 Championship starts for the West Yorkshire last season.
The New Zealand international striker has started the 2017-18 campaign strongly as well, scoring once in the Whites’ 3-2 victory over Bolton Wanderers away from home at the Macron Stadium this past Sunday.
Cotterill, though, has stated that Leeds have a problem defensively due to the departure of Kyle Bartley in the summer transfer window.
Bartley spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan at Leeds from Premier League Swansea City and formed a formidable partnership with Pontus Jansson in central defence; the 26-year-old centre-back has returned to his parent club.
“With Leeds, I think the problem’s going to be more at the other end,” said Cotterill about Leeds’s defence on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News last Saturday afternoon (broadcast from 2pm, August 5, 2017).
“They were solid at the back last year. I thought Bartley had a great season last season, and at this moment in time, for me they need a big number 5. They definitely need someone who is going to head it out of their box and defend properly.”