Reunion with Byram: Leeds ace can take his career to the next level at West Ham
COMMENT by Amir Mir
West Ham are craving a top striker and the Premier League club should look towards Leeds ace Chris Wood.
The 25-year-old recently struck 30 goals in all competitions for his Yorkshire club, including finishing the top scorer in the Championship.
He found the back of the net on 27 occasions but saw his team narrowly miss out on a play-off place by five points.
The New Zealand international has proven that he is ready to take his game to the next level and the London Stadium would be the ideal place for the target man.
Questions would still be asked about whether Wood could cut it in the Premier League but there is no doubt that he has now proven that he is too good for the second tier of English football.
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Moving to the capital would see Wood reunite with his former Leeds teammate, Sam Byram, who has recently produced a number of good performances for Slaven Bilic’s side.
Nonetheless, an injury-prone Andy Carroll and the inconsistent Andre Ayew are not players that Bilic can now rely upon.
The Croatian has had a poor season since moving into the London Stadium which has seen them flirt with relegation.
Wood’s ability to hold up the ball and feed off the attackers around him would see him fit straight in at West Ham.
The likes of Manuel Lanzini, Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio would be able to build a partnership with a player that would suit their style of play as he would also be able to keep himself fit throughout the season.
Albeit briefly, Wood has tasted top-flight football before with Leicester City, but it is now time for him to take his game to the next level.
In other Leeds transfer news, this is what the club’s players should expect if Garry Monk signs a new contract.