By Danny Wright
Ex-Leeds United midfielder David Prutton believes that Chris Wood’s exit from Elland Road in the summer has helped the team by forcing them to change their outlook on how they attack.
Wood, 25, signed for Burnley in August for £15million after scoring 30 goals across all competitions for Leeds last season and winning the Championship golden boot in the process.
After the New Zealand international, the next highest scorer for the Whites had just six goals under Garry Monk’s charge last term and Sky Sports pundit Prutton has suggested that down to being that the side didn’t perform when Wood didn’t.
Since his exit, Leeds have brought in Pierre-Michel Lasogga to their attack however he is by no means their top scorer across all contests so far, with Samu Saiz, Kemar Roofe and Kalvin Phillips all finding the net more often at this stage.
And according to Prutton, this diversity in the source of goals has led the Whites to have improved their performances, even though there was concern about Wood leaving.
“Their attack has changed not to be focused on Wood and it has given them different ways to win matches,” said Prutton, as quoted by Sky Sports. “If he wasn’t firing last season, they invariably wouldn’t win.
“They’ve also got a bit more resilience and character about them which they may have lacked at times last season. We saw that in the way they bounced back from conceding a couple of goals against Ipswich on Saturday. It looked like things may be bleak when Monk left, but Christiansen has come in and brought a massive sense of optimism around the place straight away.”
After a strong start to the season, Leeds find themselves top of the Championship table, however that could change on Tuesday night if they fail to get a result in a trip to Cardiff.
Neil Warnock’s side, as well as Wolves, are level on 20 points at the summit of the table, although the Whites are leading the way at this stage with a superior goal difference.
In other Leeds United news, Thomas Christiansen has ruled this 23-year-old out of the visit to South Wales.