By Will Butcher

Don Goodman is adamant that Leeds will only stand a chance in the Championship play-offs if star man Chris Wood remains fit.

Wood, 25, is currently the Championship’s joint top scorer on 20 league strikes this season, as he continues to fire Garry Monk’s side towards a play-off place.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Premier League Daily Show on Thursday morning, Goodman claimed Leeds have not had a player like goal machine Wood in their recent history.

“There is a massive reliance on him to score goals,” Goodman said. “If he stays fit he is going to give Leeds United a very good chance of not only being in the play-offs, but being very difficult to beat in the play-offs.

“He has been clinical and ruthless and Leeds haven’t had a player like that for quite a while.”

Now with 23 goals in all competitions, the New Zealand international proved crucial in last weekend’s 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday as he found the back of the net from close range.

Leeds’ next top goalscorer is Souleymane Doukara, who is a long way away from Wood on five strikes this season.

Garry Monk will be hoping former Leicester and West Brom forward Wood can continue his form in front of goal by adding to his tally against former loan side Birmingham City.

Leeds travel to the Midlands to face Gianfranco Zola’s side on Friday night in front of the television cameras, as they look to secure their 20th league win of the season.

Three points against the Blues will see Leeds move to within one point of third placed Huddersfield, who are not in action until Saturday evening against Newcastle.

In other Leeds news, fans have called on Monk to drop this attacker against Birmingham.

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