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Leeds: Chris Wood can be an instant success

Leeds United continue to be linked with Chris Wood, and he has now been touted to become an instant success should he move.

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That’s according to transfer insider Dean Jones, who gave his view on the reports from earlier this month linking the Newcastle United forward with a return to Elland Road.

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Seemingly under the impression that the Whites should be considering this deal, he told GIVEMESPORT that an opportunity may well be there to sign the player at the end of January.

He said: There are players out there like Chris Wood at Newcastle, for example, who might well become available at the end of this transfer window.

“And players like him would take no time to settle, they know the league, they can hit the ground running, and I think that’s probably the way for Leeds to be thinking at the moment.”

The 31-year-old only moved to St James’ Park in a £25m deal last January.

Instant success

Although on the surface this could be seen as an unassuming signing, there is plenty of precedent in what Jones has to say.

Wood is a proven Premier League talent, with a history of consistent goalscoring that has admittedly dwindled in recent seasons alongside his playtime.

However, it is worth remembering just how clinical and effective the New Zealand international was at Burnley, where he starred for the struggling Clarets.

Hitting double figures in four separate seasons, he would fire his side to two top-half finishes despite the lack of quality in the side.

It is no surprise that his exit coincided with their relegation after six impressive years of top-flight football.

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Additionally, in his first spell for the Yorkshire club, he notched a respectable 44 goals in 88 appearances as well as providing nine assists.

Despite having struggled to displace some impressive forwards on Tyneside, he has remained a dependable asset from the bench to cause havoc when needed, notably being dubbed a “towering” asset by These Football Times.

As such, he ranks in the top 1% of strikers across Europe’s top five leagues for aerial duels won per 90.

Feeding off the creative qualities that Luis Sinisterra, Jack Harrison and Brenden Aaronson can provide could be a match made in heaven, and truly allow him to become an instant success to fire Jesse Marsch’s side to safety.