By Amir Mir
Leeds striker Chris Wood believes his goals will be important to the club as he prepares for an injury-free season ahead of the new Championship campaign.
The 24-year-old moved to Leeds from Leicester City in the summer of 2015 and now believes he can be an important player for the club as he targets a big goal tally for Garry Monk’s side.
A succession of hamstring injuries meant the Leeds forward missed up to three months of action last season, but despite this he finished as the club’s top scorer with 13 goals.
Wood told the Yorkshire Evening post: “All things considered it was a good return… I can do better, though, and I know I can be the leading striker here. I’m looking forward to proving that this season.”
“You need both, goals and a defence which keeps clean sheets, but everyone knows that goals are important in this league. Everyone wants one (a 20-goal striker) and that’s what I think I’m capable of,” added Wood.
Recently appointed manager Monk will be hoping the Kiwi-born striker can play a pivotal part for the Yorkshire club this season.
The former Leicester City player notched up 22 goals for his former side in the Championship and is confident of repeating that feat again.
“I’ve done it before so I can do it again,’ said Wood. “If I have a full season then I’ll do it easily and I’m happy to back myself on that. It’s what I’ll be looking for this season.”
Wood was recently on international duty with New Zealand at the OFC Nations Cup where he guided his home country to the finals of the tournament.
Despite a hectic summer the forward believes he is ready for the new season as he looks to make an impression on his new manager.
The former Swansea manager will be preparing to guide the club back to the top flight of English football after a 12-year absence and Wood believes he can perform at the top level if he can stay away from the treatment room.
“I’m hoping it’s going to be an injury-free season for me,” said Wood. “Then I can really stride on and show my best form. I do my work, extra work in the gym making sure the hamstrings are nice and strong, and I think they’ll be all right this season. They’re not bothering me at all.”
The Yorkshire club begin their season on 7 August away at Queens Park Rangers.