£15 million decision from Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani showing no ill effects

Chris Wood of Burnley scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley at Wembley Stadium on August 27, 2017 in London, England.

Leeds United have scored more goals without Chris Wood than with him.

Chris Wood of Leeds United celebrates scoring his second goal with Kalvin Phillips during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Leeds United at St Andrews (stadium) on...

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani made a tough decision in the summer when he decided to accept an offer for wantaway striker Chris Wood.

But several months on, are Leeds really worse off?

After 21 games this season, Leeds have only tallied two fewer points than they did this time last season.

And it is hard to pin that on Wood's absence... as the team has actually scored more goals without the New Zealand international.

  SeasonGoalsPointsGames
Leeds 2017-2018 33 33 21
Leeds 2016-2017 25 35 21

For any team to lose a player who scored 27 league goals, it would normally be a sizeable blow.

Especially when the money has not been re-invested in another striker of similar production.

Chris Wood of Burnley scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley at Wembley Stadium on August 27, 2017 in London, England.

It makes the achievements this season of the team under Thomas Christiansen more impressive than the manager is given credit for.

The goals have been spread around the team, and Leeds look a more fluid side going forward this season than they did under Garry Monk.

Leeds became too predictable by the end of the season, and this cost them in the play-off hunt.

Christiansen's Leeds might just be set up in a way to avoid the same fate this campaign.

 

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