By Harvey Byrne
Centre-back Pontus Jansson has predicted star Chris Wood to have another big season at Leeds and possibly even better last season’s goal total.
There is currently an air of uncertainty around the New Zealand international’s future at Elland Road after it was reported that Burnley had tabled a bid worth up to £20million for the 25-year-old.
However, supporters will be delighted to hear defender star Jansson speaking as though he believes the powerful striker will remain at the club for the entirety of the 2017-18 campaign.
The Sweden international believes so much that Wood will stay at Leeds that he told the striker will be important once more for the club and believes he will have his best season to date at Elland Road.
“Of course he is an important player for us,” said Jansson, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“Last year he scored 30 goals for us and it was not only about the goals.
“He is also important in all types of play, he is strong, he keeps the ball for us and I think he can score at least as many goals as last year this year.
“I think this year he can score even more goals.”
Wood excelled under former Leeds boss Garry Monk and coach James Beattie in the last campaign, bagging a fine 30 goals in 48 matches in all competitions.
So far under Thomas Christiansen he has scored just once in three league matches, but fans have also been boosted by seeing the New Zealand star line-up in each of their opening matches despite speculation.
Fans will also be assured by the fact that Wood had only scored once in the opening three league matches in the last campaign before he ran riot.