Date: 19th June 2017 at 8:30pm
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It has been a hectic start to the summer for Leeds United, with a host of events unfolding at Elland Road since the end of the 2016/17 campaign.

Following Andrea Radrizzani’s 100% buyout of the Whites, there has been a number of arrivals on the board, whilst Ronaldo Vieira and Hadi Sacko have committed their long-term futures to Leeds.

There has also been a change in management, with Garry Monk unexpectedly quitting his role as head-coach, and Thomas Christiansen stepping in from APOEL to replace the 38-year old.

Christiansen is now tasked with building on the foundations Monk left behind, and helping Leeds improve on their seventh-placed finish in the Sky Bet Championship.

To give the 44-year old, who is new to English football, the best possible chance of succeeding, Leeds must avoid any temptation to cash-in on Chris Wood, who is bound to be in-demand this summer following an impressive 2016/17 campaign.

Wood bagged 30 goals last season, becoming just the sixth player in Leeds’ history to achieve the feat, and he has been linked with a multi-million pound move to the Premier League.

At the age of 25, Wood has his best years ahead of him, and with two-years remaining on his contract at Elland Road, Leeds are not in a position where he has to be sold this summer – although Radrizzani should be looking to hand the striker fresh terms in the near future.

Leeds cannot afford to lose Wood this summer, and whilst his signature would cost a substantial amount of money, selling the club’s top goalscorer now would show a lack of intent by the Whites heading into next season.

Leeds’ push for promotion last season was driven by Wood’s goalscoring form, and without him, there is no doubt the club would have struggled to find the same level of performance in the Championship.

It is vital that having lost Monk earlier this summer – and with an inexperienced head-coach replacing him – that Wood is in Leeds’ starting XI for the first game of the season in August and leading the Whites throughout the 2017/18 campaign.