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Chris Wood earned Burnley 12 points this season, Leeds United have desperately missed him

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Chris Wood earned Burnley 12 points this season, Leeds United have desperately missed him

Leeds United have sorely missed their Kiwi striker.

Leeds United fans have had to suffer an extremely inconsistent season. The Whites looked to be promotion contenders at the start of the campaign. Thomas Christiansen had them playing great football and the Premier League looked to be in their sights.

However, a poor run of form which did not improve even after the sacking of the Spaniard meant Leeds eventually finished 13th.

It was always going to be a tough campaign, especially after losing a key man in the summer. The player in question is, of course, Chris Wood.

The New Zealand striker left the club last summer for Premier League Burnley. It came after he had scored 30 goals in 48 games for Leeds in 2016-17 but it was not enough to guide Garry Monk’s men to promotion.

Just based on those stats alone, it was clear Leeds were going to miss the Kiwi.

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But it is not just the amount of goals he scores, but how important they are. Never has that been made more evident than this season with Burnley.  

He has saved the Clarets from defeat or draws on numerous occasions this season. He netted the 90th-minute equaliser against Tottenham in August. Then there are one goal winners against Crystal Palace, Everton and West Brom. When the chips are down, Wood is a player you can rely on.

In fact, only Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane have won more points for their side with their goals, 16 and 22 points respectively, than Wood who has earned 12 points for Burnley.

That sort of backs against the wall player has simply not been there for Leeds United this season. Wood makes a difference in close games and that is a trait that cannot be understated.

Leeds profited well from the Kiwi, his £15 million price-tag certainly softening the blow. But Leeds have not invested that money well enough back into the club.

They need a striker with the knack for scoring important goals that Wood does if they are to be a success in the Championship next season.

Otherwise, another season of mid-table mediocrity is likely to be around the corner for Leeds United.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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