The anecdote of Leeds United’s consistently striking arsenal can be linked directly to Chris Wood’s sensational goal-getting flamboyance so far this campaign. The New Zealand international has catered to the task of leading the Whites’ frontier with sheer professional, quality and commitment. The evidence of which could be derived from the statistical backup that he has behind them. Wood has banged in 20 goals in 32 appearances for Garry Monk’s outfit, registering 1 assist and creating as many as 27 chances.
The 25-year-old is one of the prime reasons why there is a jovial mood at the Elland Road and the fans are optimistic about a promotion to the Premier League, something which has been long overdue. However, irrespective of what transpires at the end of the ongoing league campaign for Leeds United, Monk would have the huge task of tightening the screws of all the spheres and one of the key areas he needs to put enough emphasis on is that of a striker. Wood is on the wish-list of many top quality sides and even if he isn’t shipped out, it is of paramount importance for the Peacocks to find someone who can shoulder the responsibilities up front.
Monk was supposedly expected to sign West Ham United’s promising stalwart, Ashley Fletcher, in the January transfer window but failed to strike a deal with the Hammers. The decision not to move by Fletcher has seemingly backfired and it is unlikely that we would see him much for the remainder of the season. With the scenario that has been developing at the London Stadium involving Slaven Bilic and Fletcher, where the 21-year-old was pushed to the reserves rather than the first team, the summer transfer window could be the ideal outlet for Fletcher and Leeds United should be keeping a close eye on the developments at the London-based club.
Since being brought for free from Premier League heavyweights, Manchester United, Fletcher hasn’t really hit the ground running for West Ham United. In 13 appearances, he has scored no goals and has no assists to his name either. He has created merely 4 chances and the manager is also to be blamed for the woes of the attacker. Leeds United would cultivate a real depth in their ranks up front, should they successfully lure Fletcher to the Elland Road and frankly speaking, his raw pace, clinical finishing abilities and decent work ethic would save a lot of time for Monk with respect to his recruitment plans and process.
Statistics Credits: Squawka.com