The Leeds United striker is one of the most consistent players outside the Premier League so maybe it's time to stop predicting the worst.
Throughout the entirety of the transfer window, one incessant question hounded Leeds United and Garry Monk. What happens if Chris Wood’s goals dry up?
Of the many, many strikers linked with a January move to Elland Road, from Ashley Fletcher to Omar Bogle via Leonardo Ulloa and Lewis Grabban, each would have arrived as an alternative option to Leeds’ top scorer, who has 20 in all competitions.
But that’s all they would have been; an alternative. A second choice hitman who could step up to the plate if Wood’s form tails off. At the moment, that’s a big, almost irrelevant ‘if’.
The New Zealander has netted six times in his last five games and, even with three months of the season to go, is only three goals away from smashing his career best tally for a single campaign.
Previously a player whose prolific purple patches would be followed by long periods of inactivity, Wood appears to have genuinely turned a corner under Garry Monk, like so many of his ever-improving team-mates.
Already in 2016/17, Wood has breached the backlines of promotion rivals Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday, Norwich, Reading and Derby. He is rapidly becoming a bonafide big game player while only Dwight Gayle has scored more in the entire division.
And perhaps the most telling indication of his new-found dependability is that his longest run without a goal this season stretches to just three games. And that came all the way back in October.
Maybe Leeds United don’t need an alternative option up front. Not when they’ve got a striker as clinical and consistent as Chris Wood at the peak of his powers.