Three reasons why Leeds star Wood should have been crowned Championship POTY
COMMENT By Matt Farr
Leeds fans were shocked when their star performer and lead goalscorer Chris Wood was overlooked for the Championship Player of the Year Award on Sunday.
Wood was named alongside Newcastle goalscorer Dwight Gayle and Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert on the three-man shortlist, with Knockaert named as the winner.
However, while each player deserved to win the accolade on their own merits, a particularly strong case could have been made for Wood.
Here, Football Insider reveals three reasons why the Leeds hitman should have been crowned Championship Player of the Year.
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The obvious reason why he was named on the shortlist was his goals. The 25-year-old tops the Championship goalscoring charts with 24 goals from 38 league appearances, helping Leeds into contention for promotion.
But the incredible thing is that Wood has been responsible for an incredible 44 per cent of Leeds’ 55 league goals this season.
That goalscoring record alone has stood him out from the rest of the pack this season, and it is understandably why Leeds fans were so shocked to see him overlooked for the award.
He is on course to at least take home the Championship Golden Boot award for his efforts.
Similarly, it is the impact he has had for Leeds this season that should have made him the outright candidate to win the award.
Yes, he has scored the goals; but if you take Wood out of the Leeds team, they would no doubt find themselves much lower than fifth place in the Championship.
He has almost singlehandedly fronted the Leeds promotion charge, and very few attacking players across the entire division can boast a similar influence as the New Zealand international this term.
If you consider what he also has to work with, his achievement are made all the more impressive.
At least compared to their rivals, Leeds are not riddled with quite so much creativity in the attack, and Wood has had to work incredibly hard to achieve what he has achieved this term.
The promotion race is still wide open, but with Newcastle and Brighton looking likely to book their place in the Premier League for next season, it remains to be seen what the future holds for Leeds.
If they are condemned to another year battling it out in the Championship, there will be questions as to whether Wood can replicate his storming run of form.
It will of course be a similar concern if Leeds were to try their hand in the Premier League.
Therefore, Wood may have deserved to win the award on the basis that this season’s exploits may have been a one-time affair, although for the sake of Wood and Leeds, let’s hope otherwise.