Leeds United have made a huge step towards the goal of making the play-offs this weekend. There is plenty of football left to be played but opening up gaps wherever possible is key. By beating 6th placed Sheffield Wednesday we opened up a small gap, overtook Reading and more importantly opened up a bigger gap to Fulham and Norwich who both dropped points.
Chris Wood’s goal was so important, a bit like the player himself. Yesterday saw him bag his 20th goal of the season, 8 more than his record last season. Overall that was his 23rd of the season which is nearly double his 12 from last season. What yesterdays well taken finish also did was put him to the top of the pile for goals in the Championship this season. He is now tied with Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle and one on front of Bristol City’s Chelsea loanee tammy Abraham. Both are currently injured so Wood is fast becoming the favourite for the top scorers award. It isn’t unfair though, Wood has also had an injury towards the end of the year but came back and started where he left off.
No matter what happens between now and the end of the season we have made huge progress, more than any since we were relegated from the Premier League all them years ago. Garry Monk has the team playing above its current level and grinding out results when we aren’t playing very well. one thing is for sure, if Chris Wood hadn’t raised his game then we would probably be floating around in mid-table. what was eye-opening yesterday and at times throughout this season is that big money doesn’t buy success. Scott Hogan, Ross McCormack, Jonathan Kodjia all signed by Villa who’s win yesterday has probably meant another season in the Championship is the case, the only other place they were headed was possibly League One.
Chris Wood cost £3 million from Leicester City in the summer of 2015 and what a bargain that has turned out to be. His touch for the goal yesterday was top class, then the finish quick and precise, goals that he simply wouldn’t have scored at this stage last season. Goal after goal are falling for Wood and the remarkable thing about it is that we aren’t exactly creating many chances for Wood. At best he is getting one or two a game. Quite simply Chris Wood is scoring every chance he gets at this stage. In and around the box he is lethal and outside of the box his link-up and hold-up play is becoming routine and of a player who is at the top of his game. There is little doubt that Wood is the most in-form striker in the league and possibly the Football League. His level of performances seem to be at the top nearly every week.