Top for shots, 83rd for accuracy: Leeds’ Chris Wood’s striking struggles revealed

3 October 2015.......  Leeds United v Birmingham City. ' Leeds United Chris Wood has a shot blocked by City captain Michael Morrison. Picture by Tony Johnson
3 October 2015....... Leeds United v Birmingham City. ' Leeds United Chris Wood has a shot blocked by City captain Michael Morrison. Picture by Tony Johnson
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Leeds United’s summer signing Chris Wood has taken more shots than anyone else in the Championship, but ranks poorly compared to his fellow strikers for the accuracy of those attempts.

Wood has had highlight moments in a Leeds shirt, not least his stunning strike from range against Derby, but his profligacy in front of goal might leave head coach Uwe Rosler wondering what might have been.

Chris Wood opens the scoring against MK Dons from the penalty spot

Chris Wood opens the scoring against MK Dons from the penalty spot

The Kiwi striker has taken 35 shots this season, more than any other player in any position in the division.

However, he has hit the target with only 22 per cent of his strikes.

While 12 of those shots have been blocked, it does mean that Wood sits 83rd among the division’s forwards for shot accuracy.

That is not to say Wood’s goal scoring has been too negatively impacted. Wood has bagged four times in his nine appearances for Leeds, a decent rate for a centre forward.

Furthermore, Wood’s conversion rate of goals from his strikes is 17.4 per cent, only a slight drop on the percentage of his attempts that hit the target. That suggests that while he is not often accurate, when he is, his strikes tend to hit the back of the net.

Interestingly, the visit of Brighton on Saturday brings the division’s second top shooter.

Tomer Hemed has been in exceptional form since joining the south coast club in the summer.

The Israeli has struck home five times in his seven games for Brighton, aiding them as they’ve climbed to the top of the young Championship table.

While he has taken 33 shots, two less than Wood, Hemed has hit the target with 48 per cent of those attempts.

His conversion rate is also slightly better than Wood’s, at 20 per cent.

There are doubts to be had over whether another striker would improve Leeds. Wood has been integral to Leeds’ system this season, playing the lone striker role demanded by Rosler’s preference for a 4-3-3 formation well.

He’s won 45.16 per cent of his aerial duels this campaign, which allows him to bring Leeds’ wingers and midfielders into play in the final third. Wood has created 12 chances for those players, fulfilling the creative aspect of his role.

Given how feted Wood’s arrival was, the pressure on his young shoulders is considerable. He could do with improving his accuracy in front of the net, but aside from that, his overall play has been good for Leeds, and justifies his continual inclusion in the first team.

For the sake of Leeds’ position in the league, fans will be hopeful he can outgun Hemed on Saturday.

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