Leeds United: Evans vows to stick by Wood

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Leeds United striker Chris Wood has received a vote of confidence from Steve Evans amid a “barren spell” of one goal in seven games.

Evans spoke out in defence of Wood after Leeds’ £3million summer signing endured a fallow afternoon in yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest. Wood allowed a late chance to go begging as United pushed for a winning goal at The City Ground but Evans, who is targeting a new forward in the January transfer window, vowed to “stick by” the 24-year-old.

Leeds’ head coach indicated that Wood was likely to start against Derby County at Elland Road tomorrow night despite his recent goalscoring form. “Chris is going through a little barren spell but what he’s not doing is dropping an inch in his effort or determination,” Evans said. “He’s covering every blade of grass and you feel for him but I’m the type of manager who’ll stick by him.”

Wood has scored seven times since his move from Leicester City in July, including a dramatic late strike during Leeds’ 2-1 victory over Derby at Pride Park in August. United have been short of goals throughout this season, however, and a striker is at the top of Evans’ list of targets for January. The Leeds boss remains interested in Norwich City’s Kyle Lafferty.