Leeds United: New recruit Wood can carve out a niche for himself at Elland Road – Lorimer

Chris Wood

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CHRIS WOOD is a bustling striker who puts himself about on the pitch and that is what you want in a traditional centre-forward.

He has those physical attributes and has also done it at Championship level in terms of goals and those two qualities are important.

I think the very encouraging thing from the club’s point of view is that we appear to be doing a different direction than last year with our summer signings and let’s hope it will be more successful than last year, which was disappointing.

Sol Bamba and Wood are proven at this level and have both done well and they are impressive signings.

The Championship is a tough, relentless league and is very much different from the Premier League when players have more time on the ball and like to pass it about more.

You often don’t get that luxury at this level.

The Championship is physical and tough and it is about grinding things out to get results in this league much of the time.

Wood and Bamba are two guys who will know what to expect and what is also good to see is that we can still attract a good calibre of players.

That is encouraging for me and for the supporters.

In fairness to the owner last year, I have always said that he did not have much chance with the suspension and the transfer embargo during the course of last season.

But now he is showing what he wants to do.

Things didn’t go right last year and we didn’t know what direction we were going in and people got a bit disillusioned unfortunately.

Patience has been needed and maybe now we can see what the plan is with the management team and the players coming in so far this summer.

Wood is a big, strong centre-forward and we have Lee Erwin as well and that was important as we were looking to improve in that department.

With Sol signed as well, you have to say things are looking lot better.

With Erwin, Wood and a few others, we have some forward options and you need them these days and you need different tactics in different games.

With different players at your disposal, you can change things as you see fit game by game and you need to have different options.

I wouldn’t be surprised if one or two more came in as well before the start of the season

I feel we need that experienced midfield player from somewhere and now with the big guys up front, we need someone to supply them and a wing player or two to come to provide the ammunition for them.

They always say it is important you get your spine right through the middle and we seem to be doing that and that’s sensible.

It’s a work in progress, but it is all positive. I am getting a smile back on my face and I do see us going in the right direction.

Obviously, there’s a little bit of a question mark regarding the future of Sam Byram, with some Premier League clubs linked with him and him having just a year left on his contract at the club, but we will have to see with that one in terms of how things turn out.

It’s been a similar position with several players at the club before with the likes of Fabian Delph and Jonny Howson.

The club is in a bit of a no-win position if Sam wants to go and his agent wants him to go. Unfortunately it is a bit out of the club’s hands, even if they want him to stay.

With the Premier League having to bring a number of young English players into their squad, it makes us more and more vulnerable.

At the end of the day, there’s not much the club can do about it.

The main thing is, we have got to go forward and it’s ultimately a case of what will be, will be with Sam in the course of time.

If he goes go, as long as we get the right price, then we can hopefully bring in more players with the money.

I am sure that the club will do everything in their own interests to keep Sam. But if he has got to go, he goes.

At the minute, it is a wait-and-see process with that one.

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