Jansson backs Wood to better last season’s Leeds United heroics

MORE GOALS IMMINENT: Leeds United striker Chris Wood rues a missed opportunity against Fulham during Tuesday night's goalless draw with Fulham at Elland Road. But centre-back Pontus Jansson belives the forward can net another 30 in the new campaign.
MORE GOALS IMMINENT: Leeds United striker Chris Wood rues a missed opportunity against Fulham during Tuesday night's goalless draw with Fulham at Elland Road. But centre-back Pontus Jansson belives the forward can net another 30 in the new campaign.
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PONTUS JANSSON believes striker Chris Wood’s third season at Leeds United can prove his best yet, declaring: “he is an important player for us and can score even more goals.”

Wood became only the sixth player in United’s history to net 30 goals in one season last term with the New Zealand international finishing top of the Championship goalscoring charts by bagging 27 in the league.

The striker has subsequently attracted interest from clubs in the Premier League with Burnley having seen an initial £12m bid rejected with a second, improved follow-up bid also rejected by the Whites.

And Jansson believes that Wood is capable of even surpassing last season’s brilliant total with the Swede optimistic that the forward will add different types of goals to his game.

Wood notched his first goal of the new campaign in United’s season opener at Bolton Wanderers but the 25-year-old squandered one-on-ones in both of the subsequent goalless draws at home to Preston North End and Fulham.

“Of course he is an important player for us,” said Jansson.

“Last year he scored 30 goals for us and it was not only about the goals.

“He is also important in all types of play, he is strong, he keeps the ball for us and I think he can score at least as many goals as last year this year.

“Of course he is going to be important for us and I think also he has more to prove because last year he scored a lot goals not even in the 18 yard box but in the smaller six yard box.

“I think this year he can score even more goals.”

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