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Premier League: Chris Wood Could Play A Vital Role In Leicester City’s Survival Bid

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Chris Wood was linked with a move away from Leicester City last week. Since then, Wood scored the goal that secured Leicester City their first point of the season, with the equalizer in a very respectable 2-2 home draw with Everton.

With the arrival of Leonardo Ulloa for a reported £7m fee from Football League Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion, Wood looked like he would be on his way out of the King Power Stadium. But the New Zealander stamped a marker down and proved he is worth keeping in Leicester City’s fight for survival by coming off the bench to replace Ulloa and score.

Wood was a pivotal player in Leicester’s promotion bid last season, scoring 12 times on the way to winning the Championship title. At the tender age of just 22, he still has time on his side and deserves a decent stab at life in the Premier League.

Auckland-born Wood has spent most of his career in England’s second tier of soccer. Spells with Barnsley, Brighton, Birmingham City, Bristol City and Millwall all in the Championship have led him back to the Premier League. He first came over to England in 2009 and he made his Premier League debut for West Bromwich Albion in a game against Portsmouth. Wood went on to play 21 times for the Baggies, before being loaned to Barnsley.

If the Foxes are to stay in the Barclays Premier League, then they are going to need as many attacking options as possible. With Ulloa arriving for big money, David Nugent and Jamie Vardy there too, all competing for a striker role, Leicester certainly have options in attack. But it is vital they keep the New Zealand international on their books as he proved what he could do last Saturday.

Gareth Hinton is a Soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Galccfc “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google