Pontus Jansson, Luke Ayling, Kyle Bartley. Three players battling to be Leeds United’s Player Of The Year. In any other season in the last few years they would have walked to the award. This season they all face stiff competition. One man who is probably heading up the pack at the moment in our main man, Chris Wood who today won the Player Of The Month award for January after winning the PFA Fans award just two days ago.
Chris Wood was nailed on this time. Not even Sky Sports or the Football League could stop him bagging his first ever Player Of The Month award. He is the top scorer in Europe’s leagues in 2017 and scored six goals in January. Two very different goals against Rotherham, two against Barnsley, one against Nottingham Forest and the winner over Derby County. That was Wood’s total in the month of January and when you consider the only other players to score at all were Kyle Bartley and Souelymane Doukara it shows how important Chris Wood has become at the football club. For a player that was booed when he came on in the third game of the season it is a remarkable turnaround.
It’s not just the goals that have made him arguably the best striker in the Football League. His work rate and link up play have improved so much that he is now the all-round striker that we needed to mount a serious promotion push. It is always said that to challenge at the top end of the league you need to have a “20 goal striker”. Many said we didn’t have one. In the last couple of days in January we had a striker who had 20. He doesn’t look like slowing down any either, netting in the West Yorkshire derby on Sunday afternoon. Wood will now be targeting over 30 goals in all competitions for the season and I don’t think it will be an issue.