Chris Wood

In a week in which the Leeds spearhead was named the PFA fans’ Championship player of the month and the two bombed to two defeats, there were no other realistic candidates for the awards.

Especially when the Yorkshire giants followed up their 2-1 defeat at bitter rivals Huddersfield with a second consecutive reverse at the hands of Cardiff on Saturday.

Wood did not add to his golden run of goals in the 2-0 loss at Elland Road against Neil Warnock’s side but he was one of the few Leeds players who played anything close to his potential.

Six days earlier, he has once again demonstrated his clinical touch with a well-taken equaliser in a tempestuous clash at the John Smiths Stadium.

The problem for Garry Monk’s side is that opponents now know Wood is the dangerman-in-chief and the player they need to quell.

Of the 42 league goals accumulated by Leeds from their 31 league games this season, 18 have come from the golden boot of Wood, who has scored 21 from 34 matches in all competitions.

Only Dwight Gayle has found the back of the net more often than the New Zealand international in the 2016-17 Championship.

It is little wonder there were strong rumours of interest from Premier League club in January, a month in which Wood banged in six goals in four league matches.

Talk of a £15million valuation does not appear too far-fetched when Aston Villa paid that sum on deadline day for Scott Hogan, a striker only a year younger than Wood, 25.

Leeds know they have a second-tier big hitter in their ranks. They also know if they are to reach the holy grail of the Premier League then Wood must continue to fire.

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