Re: Looks Like Wood GoingAugust 20 2017 at 7:52 PM
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Wood has gone, and it will be difficult to tell whether it has a detrimental effect or possibly even a positive effect on the team short term. We could be sometimes one dimensional with Wood in the team, and after two goal-less games with Wood missing chances, we found a way to bang a couple in yesterday. Wood should have scored plenty for us, everything was geared towards him being on the end of most of the chances we created. Without him, we may play a different attacking style that leads to more players sharing the goals. Wood was one player we could ill afford to lose for 2nd half of last season, but he was actually lucky to get back in the team after he was injured, because we played some good stuff without him, and after we smashed 4 goals at Preston in our best display of the season without him, it just showed that sometimes you can get fixated on trying to supply one man and basing your whole team shape around it. It is hard to quantify the ultimate impact any player has on a team, and Wood is a case in point. If we now go on a good run without him, as we did last season, it could be a blessing in disguise. Conversely, if we struggle to score goals for a few games, everyone will be moaning how much we miss him. My thoughts on Wood at Leeds, soft and lazy for too long at the club, but latterly a far better player who upped his work rate and put himself about more like a genuine team player. Credit probably to James Beattie, who will have told him in no uncertain terms,you can't just fuckin ponce around doing nothing for the team other than stick the ball in from 6 yards when your team mates have layed it on a plate for you. Credit too to Wood for improving himself immeasurably in his last 3 or 4 months at the club. Time to move on, and after 180 minutes without a goal, yesterday proved there is more than one way to skin a cat.