Leeds’ quest to return to the Premier League in time for 2018/19 will suffer an almighty setback if the Yorkshire outfit lose the Championship’s top goalscorer from last season – Chris Wood – before the end of the summer transfer window.
The Whites have managed to hold onto the New Zealand international thus far but less than a fortnight ago he was linked with three Premier League clubs in the form of Swansea, Southampton and Stoke City, whilst recent reports have put newly-promoted Brighton in the frame as well.
That’s perhaps why another deadly display leading the Leeds’ line against Bolton Wanderers on Sunday will have come as bitter-sweet for the Elland Road faithful.
In a performance that is bound to have been noticed by his Premier League admirers, Wood netted the second and set up the third to help grab three points versus the Trotters in a 3-2 win – something made all the more impressive by the fact he had just 36 touches of the ball and even chipped in defensively with four clearances.
“Yes of course. He’s our player. There’s only one thing that I know 100 per cent and that is that we will all pass away. “But in football nothing is guaranteed.
“In Neymar, you believe you have a player for many years, you renew (his contract), he takes a lot of money in the negotiation and after a short time you break it, because you can break it. “Who would have said that someone would pay so much money?
“So in the case of Chris Wood, he will stay and I want him to stay, but you never know.”
Manager Thomas Christiansen recently admitted that although he expects the 6 foot 3 striker to stay at Elland Road, a huge bid could quickly change the situation.
With the transfer window only further hotting up, many Premier League clubs still in need of added firepower – especially Stoke after losing Marko Arnautovic to West Ham – and Wood starting this season how he finished the last one, his impressive display on Sunday may well convince a suitor to put some money on the table in the coming days.