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Leeds United: Three reasons why Chris Wood should remain at Elland Road

Chris Wood is linked with clubs all across Europe, but should he resist the urge to take the next step this soon?

Coming off an impressive season with Leeds and finishing as top goal scorer in the EFL Championship with 27 goals, Chris Wood remains linked with a number of clubs across Europe. 

Recent reports suggest Swansea, Stoke, West Ham, Everton and Beskitas are all interested in signing the New Zealand skipper, but no official bid for a signature has been made.

He also featured for his country during the summer break at the FIFA Confederations Cup, where he found the back of the net against Mexico in New Zealand’s second match and featured in all three of the All-Whites’ matches during their campaign.

However, considering all this widespread attention, should Wood really contemplate a move away from Elland Road? RealSport took a look at three reasons why Chris Wood should remain at Leeds.

  1. 1 Leeds could earn promotion and Wood is crucial to that

    With Chris Wood’s form last season, it’s impossible to ignore that he's becoming a player of great calibre inside the Championship. The prolific goal-scorer could be a key factor to help Leeds gain promotion next season if he chooses to stay.

    For someone who has made 85 appearances for Leeds and scored 43 goals within the space of two seasons, the Wood's presence will be missed and the Whites would be shooting themselves in the foot by letting him go.

    Leeds also lack attacking depth, as Souleymane Doukara is the only player that comes close to an impressive goal-scoring record, with 18 goals in 93 appearances.

    If Leeds were to allow Wood to leave, it could leave them in a situation where they will need to purchase a new forward. It's in Woods' interest to give the Whites one more season and one final chance of making it to the Premier League.

  2. 2 Wood is nowhere near his peak

    Forwards in the Championship often reach their peak around the age of 28-30-years-old.

    We saw this with former Southampton and ex-England forward Rickie Lambert, who helped the Saints gain promotion in 2012 and two years later, he was representing England at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

    Wood has time to develop, and a good place for him to do so is in the second tier of English football.

    One more season with Leeds will prove he is up to the standard of the Premier League and could develop his career further before he reaches his prime as a top-flight striker. 

  3. 3 No first team football

    As a 23-year-old, Wood made his first Premier League appearance with Leicester City and even netted his first goal on his league debut against Everton.

    However, challenging for a spot on the field against the likes of Jamie Vardy, Leonardo Ulloa and David Nugent, Wood saw minimal time on the pitch. 

    If he were to move to a side in the Premier League, it would only result in him occupying the bench again, as the gap between the Premier League and the Championship is quite clear.

    For him to gain more experience in his twenties at a level in which he will excel will only result in Wood becoming a better and stronger player.

    However, a possible move to a league outside of England with a similar standard to the Championship would also benefit Wood in his bid to develop as a footballer.

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Leeds United: Three reasons why Chris Wood should remain at Elland Road

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