Leeds United striker Chris Wood has admitted that he is buoyed by watching the success of Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.

The New Zealand international is lighting up the Championship this season for Garry Monk’s promotion hopefuls and netted again as the Yorkshire side beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 on Saturday.

Wood was on Leicester’s books at the same time as Kane was on loan at the King Power Stadium, while the pair also played alongside Jamie Vardy.

The English pair have gone on to become international players and two of the most-feared centre forwards in the Premier League.

Wood has confessed that he wants the chance to play in the Premier League also and that he is given belief after watching the impact that Kane has made at Tottenham under the stewardship of Mauricio Pochettino.

“Harry Kane has had a manager in Pochettino who has backed him from day one and he’s worked so hard under him,” the Leeds star told The Sun.

“Vardy had the same at  Leicester with Nigel Pearson and then Claudio Ranieri.

“Every week they consistently stuck with them, which shows a lot of confidence in a player  and that brings the best out of  a player.

“They were both great guys and I got on really well with them both.

“Jamie is a great player who always had good pace and a great work ethic, whereas Harry had the technique.

“You could see that from day one, his right and left foot technique was unbelievable.

“He was always well respected at Tottenham, so you knew he was going to go back there and be a focal point for them. Their success gives me confidence.

“Those players have gone on to do great things and do really well in the Premier League.”

Wood was being linked with a January exit from Leeds but he will surely hope that his goals will fire the Elland Road outfit back to the Premier League this season.


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