Leeds United today confirmed the signing of Chris Wood from Leicester City, beating fellow Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers to his signature.

It’s said the fee paid out by Leeds is the highest in a decade (believed to be in the region of £2-3m, though that’s not necessarily upfront) which makes it a deal bound to turn a few heads.

The first thing any football fan looks at when signing a striker is goalscoring record and Chris Wood’s return of 57 goals from 196 matches across all divisions and at a few different clubs isn’t great.

But there has been glimpses of the calibre you’d hope for when breaking recent spending habits, most notably coming in loan spells for Millwall and Birmingham where he averaged 1 in 2 – form he maintained in his first season at Leicester, though it dipped dramatically in his second season.

Stats never tell the whole picture though. Becchio’s contribution to Beckford’s goalscoring didn’t really show up in stats, but without his selfless link-up play, Becks may never have reached the tally he did.

Wood also has age on his side too. he’s only 23 which leaves plenty of time to develop further.

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