Leeds United: head coach backs Whites hotshot Wood to net another 30

BUSINESS AS USUAL: As Leeds United's Chris Wood nets his first goal of the new season at Bolton.
BUSINESS AS USUAL: As Leeds United's Chris Wood nets his first goal of the new season at Bolton.
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THOMAS Christiansen believes striker Chris Wood is capable of surpassing last season’s brilliant 30-goal haul in his third campaign with Leeds United.

Wood became only the sixth player in United’s history to net 30 goals or more in one season last term with the New Zealand international also finishing as the Championship’s top scorer by netting 27 times in the league.

The 26-year-old is already up and running for the new campaign having netted in the opening weekend’s 3-2 win at Bolton Wanderers.

Speaking in Friday afternoon’s pre-Preston North End press conference, Christiansen said he believed the forward could even better last season’s tally of 30.

Asked if matching his terrific 2016-17 feat was achievable, Christiansen said: “I believe so and we are working on that.

“From what I have seen also in the games, especially against Bolton, I believe that he can inclusively reach the same or even better.”

Wood is in high demand and United have already rejected a £12m bid for the striker from Burnley.

Streetwise: Kalvin Phillips, of Leeds United, is muscled out of a challenge by Millwalls Steve Morison. It was the kind of performance, believes David Prutton, that head coach Thomas Christiansen can take plenty of lessons from. (Picture: James Hardisty)

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